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Korean J Anesthesiol > Volume 10(2); 1977 > Article
Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 1977;10(2):149-154.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.1977.10.2.149   
Misplacement of Central Venous Catheter Tip .
Ho Soung Kwak, Suk Min Yoon, Seung Moon Yoon
Department of Anesthesiology, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
Abstract
Monitoring of the central venous pressure is a simple, relatively inexpensive method of assessing a patient's cardiac status, circulating blood volume, and vasomotor tone. The simplest way of checking the intrathoraeic location of the catheter tip is by observing oscillation of 2~4cmH2O in the manometer column, synchronous with respiratory cycle. Inaccurate measurements are often obtained by the misplacement of the central venous catheter tip, in addition to the other well-known complications. Radiographic identification of the catheter tip is essential to eliminate these problems. We experienced a case of arrhythmia which appeared upon misplacement of the central venous catheter tip, and confirmed its misplacement by radiographic study.


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