Central venous catheterisation is routinely performed in paediatric patients to facilitate therapeutic management when long-term vascular access is needed. Misplacement of the catheter tip in thoracic vessels other than the superior vena cava has been described, along with related complications. Hereby, a case of a 15-month-old child is presented with a fully functional Hickman catheter introduced via the left internal jugular vein. The tip of the catheter was misplaced into the azygos vein. Intraoperative spot fluoroscopic images and anatomical explanations for the course of the catheter are presented. An understanding of the aetiology of the radiological appearance may help to increase recognition of such cases and avoid complications.
- paediatric surgery
- vascular surgery
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Contributors GK: designed, gathered data and wrote the case report, and gave final approval of the version to be published. GN: helped with planning and writing of the case report, and gave final approval of the version to be published. PS: encouraged the idea, provided feedback, and gave final approval of the version to be published. PM: helped with planning and writing of the case report, provided important feedback, supervised all activities related to the case,and gave final approval of the version to be published.
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