Horner Syndrome Following Attempted Internal Jugular Catheter Placement in a Toddler With Congenital Heart Disease

Joseph D. Tobias, Brian F. Joy


Horner syndrome results from interruption of the normal sympathetic innervation to the face and eye. Common clinical manifestations include ptosis, miosis, anhidrosis, conjunctival injection and relative enophthalmos. Several diverse etiologies may be responsible for Horner syndrome. We present an 8-month-old child who was noted to have Horner syndrome following attempts at placement of a right jugular venous catheter. The normal sympathetic innervation of the head and eye are presented, potential etiologies for Horner syndrome are reviewed and previous reports of Horner syndrome following invasive procedures are presented.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(6):369-372
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/jmc1795w


Horner syndrome; Internal jugular catheter placement; Toddler; Congenital heart disease

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