Endovascular treatment of inadvertent cannulation of the vertebro-subclavian arterial junction.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

INTRODUCTION: Inadvertent arterial cannulation at a noncompressible site is a highly risky complication of central venous line placement. SUMMARY OF CASE: We present a case of inadvertent placement of a 6-French venous sheath into the right subclavian artery (SCA) at the origin of the vertebral artery (VA), which was treated successfully using endovascular therapy. RESULTS: Due to the complex site of cannulation, and the patient being fully anticoagulated, the use of a percutaneous closure device was not attempted. Open vascular surgery was not a treatment option due to high surgical risk. After determining left VA dominance, the right VA was occluded distal to the catheter entry point with platinum coils. Subsequently, a covered stent was placed into the SCA across the origin of the VA. The sheath was then removed safely without complications. A minor leak was initially present, which was stopped by repeating balloon inflation within the stent above nominal pressure.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wolfe, TJ; Smith, TP; Alexander, MJ; Zaidat, OO

Published Date

  • 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 113 - 116

PubMed ID

  • 17522794

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1541-6933

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12028-007-0016-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States