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Intercostal artery laceration following thoracentesis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20979678     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Intercostal artery laceration is an unusual complication following thoracentesis, and has been reported only in elderly patients. We report a case of a 78-year-old man who developed a massive hemothorax following thoracentesis. Post-thoracentesis radiograph revealed a substantial increase in pleural fluid, and emergency chest tube insertion identified the hemothorax. He underwent right thoracotomy for repair of the intercostal artery laceration.
Mary L Yacovone; Ritha Kartan; Manuel Bautista
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory care     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0020-1324     ISO Abbreviation:  Respir Care     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-28     Completed Date:  2010-12-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7510357     Medline TA:  Respir Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1495-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Health Professions, The Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH 44515, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Arteries / injuries
Hemothorax / etiology*,  surgery
Intercostal Muscles / blood supply*
Lacerations / etiology*
Paracentesis / adverse effects*

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