Accidental mediastinal entry via left internal jugular vein cannylation

Timothy E Albertson, C. J. Fisher, Z. Vera

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Abstract

Two cases are reported in which mediastinal penetration by a pulmonary artery catheter and a temporary venous pacemaker wire occurred following cannulation of the left internal jugular vein and placement of an indwelling venous introducer sheath. The anatomy of the left internal jugular vein and possible mechanisms of accidental mediastinal penetration with this approach are discussed. Extreme caution must be exercised when using the left internal jugular venous access route and an indwelling venous introducer sheath.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-157
Number of pages4
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1985

Keywords

  • complications
  • Left internal jugular veins
  • Mediastinal entry
  • Pacemaker wire
  • Pulmonary artery catheters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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