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Perforation of the heart is a rare, but life-threatening complication of chest tube thoracostomy. We report the very unusual case where right-sided insertion of a Matthys catheter (6 F) due to pleural effusion resulted in a left atrium perforation. Heart injury was immediately considered as a continuous flow of bright red blood emerging through the chest(More)
A 58-year-old male presented with a three years history of atopic asthma, fluctuating eosinophilia and, at the moment of diagnosis, systemic vasculitis of brutal onset affecting skin and peripheral nerves. Demonstration of eosinophilic infiltrates and granulomata in involved tissues confirmed the clinical diagnosis of Churg-Strauss syndrome. Therapy with(More)
The authors report a case of a 25-year-old woman with a polytrauma, caused by a free fall of 12 metres in suicidal intention. Following endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation by an emergency physician at the scene, the patient was delivered to the emergency room of an university hospital. An ultrasonic check of the abdomen revealed free fluid in(More)
Hemodialysis patients using central venous catheters (CVCs) for vascular access are at greater risk of infection and death vs. arterial venous fistula (AVF). In 2008, DaVita initiated the CathAway quality improvement initiative, a multidisciplinary program to reduce CVC use in favor of AVF. Our retrospective analysis examined CVC use for incident (≤90 days)(More)
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