Malpositioned PICC in IVC

Case contributed by Dr Daniel J Bell


ICU patient. Check PICC position.

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Female

Right-sided PICC insertion with the tip projected over the expected position of the inferior cavoatrial junction/IVC. NGT normally sited. Surgical staples in the mid upper abdomen. Left basal pleural effusion

Case Discussion

PICC are commonly inserted catheters when long-term intravenous access is needed. They are inserted on critical care units, as well as in the outpatient setting, e.g. for cancer chemotherapy. The optimal positioning is at the approximate superior cavoatrial junction. In this case the PICC crosses the right atrium, and lies at the inferior cavoatrial junction/IVC. A transcardiac/intracardiac position of the catheter increases the risk of arrhythmias.

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Case information

rID: 67561
Published: 11th Apr 2019
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: North Middlesex University Hospital

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