Spinal cord infarction following central-line insertion

Andrew Williams, Mark Little, Jeremy Gibbs, Paul Warwicker, Ken Farrington

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


Hemothorax is a recognized complication of central line insertion into the jugular or subclavian vein. We describe a case of hemothorax consequent upon acute dialysis catheter insertion, which resulted in spinal cord infarction and quadriplegia. We postulate that the extensive mediastinal shift induced after insertion of the catheter resulted in stretching of the veins draining the cord with a resultant drop in perfusion pressure and infarction. This case highlights a hitherto unreported complication of this procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-9
Number of pages3
JournalRenal failure
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003


  • Catheterization, Central Venous
  • Hemothorax
  • Humans
  • Infarction
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quadriplegia
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Spinal Cord
  • Case Reports
  • Journal Article


Dive into the research topics of 'Spinal cord infarction following central-line insertion'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this