Left ventricular puncture during thoracentesis.

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Left ventricular puncture during thoracentesis.

BMJ Case Rep. 2019 Apr 08;12(4):

Authors: Farinas Lugo D, Chalasani P, Del Calvo V

Left ventricular puncture during a thoracentesis is a rare and unusual complication that has yet to be reported. We report a case in which a 74-year-old woman with dilated ischaemic heart disease suffered from puncture of the left ventricle during a routine ultrasound-guided thoracentesis despite following the recommended protocol and procedures. She became haemodynamically unstable and underwent an emergent thoracotomy for removal of the catheter and repair of the left ventricular wall.

PMID: 30967447 [PubMed - in process]

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