Discovery of left-sided superior vena cava during central venous catheterization

Br J Anaesth. 1998 Aug;81(2):260-1. doi: 10.1093/bja/81.2.260.


We describe a 3-yr-old patient in whom a central venous catheter (CVC) was inadvertently inserted into a persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC). This congenital anomaly was diagnosed using transthoracic echocardiography. The aetiology and the implications for the anaesthetist are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization, Central Venous*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Jugular Veins
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonography
  • Vena Cava, Superior / abnormalities*
  • Vena Cava, Superior / diagnostic imaging