Radiological abnormality of a one-sided pleural effusion after central venous catheterization


#IVTEAM #Intravenous literature: Casanova, M. and Ummenhofer, W. (2014) X-ray of one-sided “white lung” after central venous catheterization. Case Reports in Anesthesiology. January 19th. [epub ahead of print].


Complications during insertion of a subclavian central venous line are rare but potentially serious. This case report describes the radiological abnormality of a one-sided pleural effusion during a routine control directly after a difficult central venous catheterization. We illustrate the findings, the initial emergency management, and our procedure to rule out an iatrogenic hemothorax. Possible differential diagnoses and strategies for management of a suspected complication are discussed.

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