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Unusual Course of a Pulmonary Artery Catheter Due to Absence of Right Superior Vena Cava


  • Brendon J Burke
  • Charl J De Wet
  • Mohammad A Helwani

Received Date: 19.06.2022 Accepted Date: 18.07.2022 Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2023;51(2):155-156

The persistent left superior vena cava may complicate the placement of vascular access. It rarely occurs with an absence of the right superior vena cava. We present a chest X-ray of a patient with this rare anomaly that was demonstrated incidentally with an unusual course of a pulmonary artery catheter course.

Keywords: Absence of right superior vena cava, cardiovascular and thoracic anaesthesia, persistent left superior vena cava, unusual course of a pulmonary artery catheter, vascular access difficulty