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What are the symptoms of a PICC line slipping out of the vein?
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What are the symptoms of a misplaced PICC line
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Hello, my name is***** and I am internal medicine physician.

PICC line malposition, depending on where it ends up, can unfortunately lead to serious complications

For example, PICC tip positioning in the right sided chambers of the heart can lead to arrhythmia or irregular heart beats. PICC malpositioning can also lead to phlebitis (inflammation of the blood vessel) and thrombus or clot formation - this would present as pain and inflammation over the site of the blood vessel and if there is a clot, there may be swelling of the affected arm.

Of course, even without malposition, having a PICC line can put a patient at your risk for developing sepsis/ blood infection. Site insertion infections can also happen.

I am available for any follow up questions that you may have.

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