Thoracentesis in pericardial and pleural effusion caused by central venous catheterization: a less invasive neonatal approach.

@article{Pignotti2004ThoracentesisIP,
  title={Thoracentesis in pericardial and pleural effusion caused by central venous catheterization: a less invasive neonatal approach.},
  author={Maria Serenella Pignotti and Andrea Messeri and Gianpaolo Donzelli},
  journal={Paediatric anaesthesia},
  year={2004},
  volume={14 4},
  pages={349-51}
}
An 840 g infant developed a rapid onset of shock-like symptoms. Pericardial and pleural effusions from an indwelling central catheter were diagnosed via echocardiography. A thoracentesis was promptly performed with immediate clinical improvement. The fluid withdrawn from the pleural space was analysed as hyperalimentation. The infant survived because of early diagnosis and aggressive therapeutic intervention. A pericardial effusion should be drained if there is cardiovascular compromise and… CONTINUE READING