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Complications with central line placement?
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Dr. Michael Taylor
Critical Care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Chances are small...
The risks are low but can be serious; when it's recommended that a central line be placed, it's felt that the benefits outweigh the risks.
..Things we worry about at the time of central line placement are: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), infection, arterial placement, bleeding/hematoma, abnormal heart rhythm, air embolus. Later on, infection & DVT are the main concerns.

In brief: Chances are small...
The risks are low but can be serious; when it's recommended that a central line be placed, it's felt that the benefits outweigh the risks.
..Things we worry about at the time of central line placement are: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), infection, arterial placement, bleeding/hematoma, abnormal heart rhythm, air embolus. Later on, infection & DVT are the main concerns.
Dr. Michael Taylor
Dr. Michael Taylor
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Dr. Kevin Carson
Radiology - Interventional
3 doctors agree
In brief: Multiple
There are multiple potential complications.
These include pneumothorax, bleeding, infection, air embolism, and othe minor complications.

In brief: Multiple
There are multiple potential complications.
These include pneumothorax, bleeding, infection, air embolism, and othe minor complications.
Dr. Kevin Carson
Dr. Kevin Carson
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Some central line complications are major; stroke, infiltration, tissue damage, limb loss and death. Although rare, central line complications are reviewed by most hospitals to improve quality and decrease this complication's rate. Use of ultrasound and sterile technique during placement is important.
Dr. Mark Gujer
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Agree
With the responses.
Current recommendations suggest that these should be placed now with the aid of ultrasound to reduce the risks of bleeding and lung injury.

In brief: Agree
With the responses.
Current recommendations suggest that these should be placed now with the aid of ultrasound to reduce the risks of bleeding and lung injury.
Dr. Mark Gujer
Dr. Mark Gujer
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