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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 2008;54(3):S55-S58.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2008.54.3.S55   
Incidental Contralateral Retrograde Internal Jugular Venous Catheterization via a Right External Jugular Venous Route: A case report.
Il Sook Seo, Bum Soo Kim
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea. isseo@med.yu.ac.kr
We report of the occurrence of an incidental retrograde left internal jugular venous (IJV) catheterization during a right external jugular vein (EJV) approach.After induction of anesthesia, central venous catheterization was performed through the right EJV using the standard technique.There was no expected cardiac arrhythmia during guide wire insertion, and there was no atrial waveform on the CVP tracing.Therefore, we took a chest X-ray for confirmation of catheter placement, which revealed the tip was placed in the left IJV.We withdrew the catheter about 6-7 cm to prevent possible impairment of cerebral venous drainage by a retrograde-positioned catheter in the IJV.We think that the dilation of the left IJV due to Trendelenburg position, positive pressure ventilation, and the upward direction of the J-wire tip contributed to the contralateral retrograde IJV catheterization.We recommend that a chest X-ray always be taken if correct catheter tip placement is not confirmed during CVP catheterization.
Key Words: complication; EJV catheterization; incidental contralateral retrograde IJV catheterization
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