PICC line in left-sided SVC

Case contributed by Dr Thomas Snow


Routine PICC line placement for long term antibiotics.

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Female
DSA (angiography)

DSA of thorax, venous injection from PICC

DSA from the PICC line shows right and left SVCs.

Case Discussion

Left SVC is not a rare anomaly (0.5%). It is usually part of a duplication (bilateral SVC), as in this case. The left SVC will rarely drain into the left atrium, and therefore it would be hazardous to leave a PICC line in this position (systemic embolism risk). The demonstration of the pulmonary artery in the second angiogram has important implications for the final position of the PICC.

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Case information

rID: 34662
Published: 3rd Mar 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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