PICC associated cardiac tamponade in neonates

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Pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade is a rare and life-threatening complication of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) in a neonate” Atmawidjaja et al (2016).

Abstract:

Pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade is a rare and life-threatening complication of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) in a neonate. We report a 33-week preterm neonate who had sudden clinical deterioration at day seven of total parenteral nutrition regime via PICC. Recognition of pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade in neonates with a PICC requires a high index of suspicion and steps in prevention include proper catheter tip placement and continuous monitoring of line position and function.

Reference:

Atmawidjaja, R.W., Azri, M. and Ismail, I.H. (2016) Cardiac tamponade: a rare but preventable complication of central venous catheter in neonates. The Medical Journal of Malaysia. 71(3), p.147-8.

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