Journal of ISSN: 2373-6437JACCOA

Anesthesia & Critical Care: Open Access
Case Report
Volume 5 Issue 5 - 2016
Kinking of Transfemoral Central Venous Catheter in an Infant: A Case Report
Sapna Bansal*
Maharishi Markandeshwar University, India
Received: July 16, 2016 | Published: September 14, 2016
*Corresponding author: Sapna Bansal, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, 289, durga colony, Naraingarh, India, Tel: 9896633125; Email:
Citation: Bansal S (2016) Kinking of Transfemoral Central Venous Catheter in an Infant: A Case Report. J Anesth Crit Care Open Access 5(5): 00204. DOI: 10.15406/jaccoa.2016.05.00204


Central venous cannulation (CVC) in infants and neonates is much more challenging especially in critically ill patients and in infants who fail to thrive. This procedure requires a lot of experience with modern equipments. Of all the sites for CVC, femoral vein (FV) is an important site with fewer side effects but not free from it. Here we present a case of malpositioned central femoral catheter in a 2 month old infant weighing 2.5kgs posted for Kasai procedure.

Case Report

A 2 month old infant weighing 2.5kgs was posted for Kasai procedure for extrahepatic biliary atresia. Because of major nature of the procedure and difficult peripheral cannulation CVC through femoral route was planned. A 4.5 F, 6 cm triple lumen central venous catheter was inserted through the right femoral vein using the Seldinger´s technique in the first attempt without difficulty. A good back flow was confirmed and the catheter was secured and taped. During the surgery there was difficulty in aspiration of blood although fluid and blood infusions were smooth. Postoperatively chest X-ray was done which revealed kinking of the catheter in the right femoral vein. The fluid infusion was terminated and catheter was removed (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Showing Kinking of Central Femoral Catheter in Right Femoral Vein.


The main purpose of CVC in infants are major surgical procedure, difficult peripheral cannulation, administration of drugs, fluids, total parentral nutrition, blood and central venous pressure monitoring. The common sites of catheter insertion in infants are subclavian vein, internal jugular vein, femoral vein, umbilical vein or external jugular vein. The subclavian venous cannulation has complication rate of approximately 4% [1] which includes malpositioned catheter into the ipsilateral IJV or contralateral SCV, pneumothorax, haemothorax and air embolism. Cardiac temponade leading to death has also been reported as a major complication with SCV, IJV or umbilical vein cannulation. Weil et al. [2] found that the catheter tip in right atrium is associated with increased risk of cardiac tamponade. Kayashima K et al. [3] evaluated the mechanical complications during paediatric CVC from 1994 to 2013 and found that most of these complications are associated with SCV, IJV, umbilical vein cannulation. In an another study done by Jha M et al. [4] showed more complication rate with SCV cannulation as compared to FV cannulation in terms of more arterial puncture, hematoma and pneumothorax. Advantages of femoral cannulation includes large diameter of the vein, convenient access and distant to the cardiac and pulmonary structures. Accident arterial puncture can be easily managed by applying pressure. So in our case, we selected femoral route for central venous cannulation, but it also has inherent complications.

Malposition of femoral venous catheter into ascending lumbar vein was detected by Carrion et al. [5] which was then repositioned using ultrasonographic guidance. Paravertebral and intraspinal malposition resulting in quardiplegia has been also reported in neonates [6]. Therefore catheters in the ascending vein or vertebral plexus should be removed immediately. First warning signs of catheter malposition is absent blood on aspiration. Others are catheter present over vertebral column on x-ray and resistance to guide wire insertion. In our case we could not aspirate blood and were also unable to reinsert the guidewire. These malpositioned catheters can be identified by ultrasound, X-ray, linogram (contrast enhanced study) and fluroscopic screening. In our case X-ray abdomen revealed kinking of the catheter in the femoral vein. It could be due to defect in the guide wire material, structure or extra force applied on the soft guidewire of 4.5F catheter size. The force applied should not be more than the inner strength of the guide wire. Onal et al. [7] also reported a case of separation of spiral wire surrounding guide wire due to weakness and the inadequacy of the material used. Other complications of femoral cannulation are femoral artery puncture leading to hematoma, pseudoaneurysm, higher infection rate and peripheral embolism [4]. Avascular necrosis can occur due to recurrent femur head injury. Most of these complications occurs with CVC using landmark technique. Therefore use of ultrasound for central venous cannulation can be a technique to reduce the complications. It clearly demonstrates the position with diameter of the vein and nearby surrounding structures. It also helps in detecting the puncture site and needle position in paediatric patients through the femoral route. Most of the studies have been done on IJV cannulation using ultrasound in paediatric patients [8]. A meta-analysis was done on real time ultrasound guided (RTUS) CVC suggested that SCV and IJV cannulation can be benefited more as compared to FV cannulation in terms of reduced arterial punctures and hematoma where as it improves cannulation failures in patient receiving FV cannulation [9].

US guided cannulation of the femoral vein in paediatric patients is superior to the landmark technique in terms of fewer attempts, complications and lesser time [10] but studies regarding its role in detecting malpositioning and kinking are lacking. Aouad MT et al. [11] also proved ultrasound guided FV cannulation superior to landmark technique. American Society of Echocardiography and the Society of Cardiovascular Anaesthesiologist recommend that trained clinicians use real time ultrasound during IJV and FV cannulation whenever possible to improve cannulation success and reduce the incidence of complications associated with insertion of large bore catheter in paediatric patients [12]. The location of the catheter tip should be assessed immediately after insertion particularly in infants because these mechanical complications can be life threatening and in addition it requires prompt and appropriate management to ensure patient safety. Fluroscopic guided guidewire and catheter advancement during CVC can also reduce complications related to its misplacement.


In conclusion awareness regarding possible complications of central venous cannulation can help to reduce the unfavourable outcomes and improve patient´s safety.


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