Evaluation and management of central venous access complications

Tech Vasc Interv Radiol. 2011 Dec;14(4):217-24. doi: 10.1053/j.tvir.2011.05.003.


Venous access is 1 of the most common interventional procedures in the USA. Using image guidance in the last 2 decades, obtaining venous access has become increasingly routine, and the complications commonly associated with the procedure have significantly decreased. However, interventional radiologists still encounter both early and late complications routinely associated with both central and peripherally inserted access devices. This article discusses the most common and some unusual complications seen with the placement of these devices. We also briefly discuss the management of these complications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects*
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / instrumentation
  • Catheters, Indwelling
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Phlebography
  • Prognosis
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Time Factors