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Case Reports in Critical Care
Volume 2012, Article ID 160847, 3 pages
Case Report

Accidental Puncture of the Pulmonary Artery during a Subclavian Central Venous Catheterization

1Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Rouen University Hospital, 1 Rue de Germont, 76000 Rouen, France
2Department of Anesthesia, General Hospital, 29 Avenue Pierre Mendès France, 76290 Montivilliers-Le Havre, France

Received 10 February 2012; Accepted 4 March 2012

Academic Editors: R. Abouqal, H. Kern, G. Pichler, J. Starkopf, and C. Zauner

Copyright © 2012 Jérôme Moriceau et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The complications associated with central venous catheterization are common and well known. Common malplacement locations have been described in the literature. We report the case of a direct puncture of the pulmonary artery during a subclavian central venous catheterization.