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R vs L IJ cath complications

When placing an IJ central line, many potential complications are similar between the right and left sides. These include inadvertent carotid artery puncture, pneumothorax, and infection.A potential complication unique tot he left IJ is related to the fact that the thoracic duct is the main lymphatic channel of the body that drains into the junction of the left subclavian vein left internal jugular vein. It can potentially be injured when the central line cath is inserted on the left IJ.