Bilateral pleural effusions following central venous cannulation.


We describe a patient who developed bilateral pleural effusions as a delayed complication following central venous catheter insertion. Respiratory distress should not only raise the clinical suspicion of a pneumothorax but also of erosion and perforation of the central vein. The mechanism, diagnosis, management and prevention of this complication are discussed.

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@article{Tan2007BilateralPE, title={Bilateral pleural effusions following central venous cannulation.}, author={Phoay Lay Tan and C L H Chan}, journal={Journal of postgraduate medicine}, year={2007}, volume={53 2}, pages={117-8} }