Intravenous literature: Abdellatif, M., Ahmed, A. and Alsenaidi, K. (2012) Cardiac tamponade due to umbilical venous catheter in the new born. BMJ Case Report. Jul 13.
With more and more extreme premature and very low-birth weight babies being resuscitated, umbilical central venous catheterisation is now being used more frequently in neonatal intensive care. The authors present a case of cardiac tamponade following umbilical venous catheterisation in a neonate, an uncommon, yet potentially fatal complication. The patient was diagnosed at the appropriate time by echocardiography and urgent pericardiocentesis proved lifesaving.