Pneumothorax after Central Line Placement
Pneumothorax (for central lines placed in the chest) is a known complication of Central line placement and doctors routinely order a chest X-ray (CXR) after insertion of a subclavian or internal jugular line. The incidence is thought to be higher with subclavian vein catheterization. For experienced clinicians, the incidence of pneumothorax is about 1%. Note the abnormally placed central line extending upwards from subclavian vein into internal jugular vein along with pneumothorax.
Pneumothorax after Central Line Placement Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Thursday, May 15, 2008 Rating: