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Chest tube injury to left ventricle: complication or negligence?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20609810     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An injury to the left ventricle after a chest tube insertion is a rare but lethal phenomenon that is likely to occur if precautions are not seriously addressed. We present a 15-year-old girl who was diagnosed a left empyema thoracis. An attempt to place a chest drain in this young girl was almost fatal. A left ventricular repair together with thoracotomy and decortication were successful. This case emphasizes the rarity of this lethal complication and the importance of the correct technique for chest tube insertion.
Hairufaizi Haron; Norfaezan Abdul Rashid; Mohd Zamrin Dimon; Muhd Helmi Azmi; Joanna Ooi Sumin; Azmil Farid Zabir; Mohd Ramzisham Abdul Rahman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1552-6259     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-08     Completed Date:  2010-08-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  308-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart and Lung Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Surgical Procedures
Chest Tubes / adverse effects*
Drainage / adverse effects,  instrumentation
Empyema, Pleural / etiology,  therapy*
Heart Injuries / etiology
Heart Ventricles / injuries*,  surgery
Thoracic Surgery*
Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / complications

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