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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 9, Issue 1, November 2013 pp 03-04

Case Report

A Case of Central Venous Line Insertion in Severe Scoliosis


Sunil B. V.1, Sahana K. S.2, Jajee P. R.3

{1Associate Professor, 3Professor, Department of Anesthesia}{2Assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics}

Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



We are presenting a case of central venous catheter (CVC) malposition which was introduced under ultrasound (USG) guidance and its tip position was evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), in a patient with severe scoliosis posted for cardiac surgery. CVC insertion is difficult and complications are more common in such cases due to distorted anatomy. Our aim was to avoid major complications related to central venous catheter insertion. We recommend USG guided insertion of central line in scoliosis which decreases complications during insertion, number of attempt, and failure rate.