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Jane Wright
picc line
Has anyone had any experiences like this. I saw a patient today. Took bloods off PICC line and flushed. About 10 minutes later she experienced a spasm like pain in her lower chest diaphragm area also going up into the right side of her face. All obs, ecg etc normal. One speaking with a collgue who had a PICC in for long term antibiotics said she had the same symptoms and even  now a couple of years later she can get a sensation of spasm from picc insertion site to lower chest.
Possibly the catheter's tip
Possibly the catheter's tip is located close to nerves - my best guess anyway. Lynn

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

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