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Perforation of the right ventricle: a complication of blind placement of a chest tube into the postpneumonectomy space.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9792599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We were asked to review a case from an outside hospital in which there was inadvertent perforation of the right ventricle during the percutaneous placement of a chest tube. We present the case in the hopes that by doing so, others will avoid such a complication in the future. After reviewing the case, it appeared that the complication occurred because the physician was not knowledgeable about the anatomy of the postpneumonectomy space and the physician failed to use the safest procedure in placing the tube.
S E Kopec; A A Conlan; R S Irwin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  114     ISSN:  0012-3692     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  1998 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-11-06     Completed Date:  1998-11-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1213-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bronchiectasis / surgery
Chest Tubes / adverse effects*
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Injuries / etiology*,  radiography
Heart Ventricles / injuries*,  radiography
Iatrogenic Disease
Middle Aged
Pneumonectomy / adverse effects*
Postoperative Complications / radiography,  therapy*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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