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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 117-118

Bilateral pleural effusions following central venous cannulation


1 Department of Radiology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom
2 Centre for Academic Surgery, Barts and London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, United Kingdom

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P L Tan
Department of Radiology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0022-3859.32213

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We describe a patient who developed bilateral pleural effusions as a delayed complication following central venous catheter insertion. Respiratory distress should not only raise the clinical suspicion of a pneumothorax but also of erosion and perforation of the central vein. The mechanism, diagnosis, management and prevention of this complication are discussed.






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