Pediatric intracranial complications of central venous catheter placement

Caitlin Anderson, Patrick C. Graupman, Walter A. Hall, Mike Sweeny, Cornelius H Lam

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Central venous catheters are essential in the medical management of critically ill pediatric patients. Medical practitioners should be aware of the potential for misplacement of these devices as such complications may result in serious injury and possible death. Catheter malpositioning is not limited to any particular site and may have far-reaching consequences that affect a single or multiple organ systems. We present two cases where central venous catheter positioning led to complications that resulted in intracranial pathology which was fatal in one case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-31
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 24 2004


  • Central venous catheter
  • Complications of central line placement
  • Epidural hematoma
  • Extravasation injury
  • Percutaneous central venous line
  • Subdural hematoma


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