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Delayed Migration and Perforation of the Jugular Vein by a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter

  • Author(s): Oliver, Joshua J.;
  • Connor, R. Erik;
  • Powell, Jacob R.;
  • Oliver, Jessica M.;
  • Long, Brit
  • et al.

We report a case of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) migration and perforation of the left internal jugular vein in a home health setting in an 80-year-old female. A left sided PICC was placed for treatment of diverticulitis following hospital discharge. She complained of sudden onset left sided neck pain immediately after starting an infusion of vancomycin. In the emergency department the injury was identified by portable chest radiograph and computed tomography of her neck. Following removal of the line, she had an uneventful course. Emergency physicians should be aware of this possible PICC line complication.

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