Shearing and Migration of Interscalene Catheter After an Uncomplicated Ultrasound Guided Placement

Vol 2 | Issue 2 | July-December 2021 | Page 137-140 | Shashank Rane, Vijay Shetty, Sitaram Prasad, Rajat Bhargava

DOI: 10.13107/ijra.2021.v02i02.042


Authors: Shashank Rane [1], Vijay Shetty [1], Sitaram Prasad [2], Rajat Bhargava [3]

[1] Department of Anaesthesia, Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
[2] Department of Plastic Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
[3] Department of Radiology, Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Shashank Rane,
Department of Anaesthesia, Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
E-mail: shankrane81@gmail.com


Abstract


We report on the case of shearing and migration of an interscalene nerve catheter in 68- year-old female who underwent a left shoulder surgery. The catheter was placed under ultrasound guidance without any apparent complications. Continuous interscalene nerve block was successfully used to complement General Anaesthesia and provide postoperative pain relief. On the second day, at the time of catheter removal, the catheter inadvertently sheared at the point of insertion with the distal 7 centimetres migrating under the skin. The axial and coronal CT scan sections confirmed the migration of the catheter posterolateral to subclavian artery in the vicinity of the Brachial plexus. Patient did not have any pain or neurological deficit. Surgery was performed to extract the catheter, which was found in brachial plexus sheath between lower end of Scalenus Anterior and Scalenus Medius.
Keywords: Interscalene catheter, Shearing, Migration


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How to Cite this Article: Rane S, Shetty V, Prasad S, Bhargava R | Shearing and Migration of Interscalene Catheter After an Uncomplicated Ultrasound Guided Placement | International Journal of Regional Anaesthesia | July-December 2021; 2(2): 137-140.

 


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