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"We reported here a patient with pleural effusion caused by the tip of the catheter hitting the side wall of the superior vena cava (SVC) because of changing the patient's position repeatedly" Huang and Cui (2022).
CVC induced hydrothorax

Extract:

“Central vein catheter (CVC)placement is a common and useful procedure for critically ill patients. The hydrothorax is a delayed and rare (≈0.5%),1 but life-threatening complication. We reported here a patient with pleural effusion caused by the tip of the catheter hitting the side wall of the superior vena cava (SVC) because of changing the patient’s position repeatedly.”

Reference:

Huang Q, Cui Y. Central venous catheter induced a late development of hydrothorax by changing the position: A case report. Asian J Surg. 2022 Nov 2:S1015-9584(22)01392-6. doi: 10.1016/j.asjsur.2022.10.017. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36335002.