Rare complication of central venous catheter placement: bilateral hydrothorax.

Research paper by Guntug G Batihan, Kenan C KC Ceylan, Seyda Ors SO Kaya

Indexed on: 21 Dec '18Published on: 21 Dec '18Published in: BMJ case reports


Central venous catheters (CVCs) are very useful tools in clinical medicine. It is important not only for the administration of medications or fluids but also the measurement of haemodynamic variables, especially in intensive care patients. CVC placement is a relatively safe procedure but may occasionally be associated with complications, such as pneumothorax, haemothorax, cardiac tamponade, sepsis and thrombosis. We aim to report an extraordinary case of bilateral hydrothorax due to CVC placement. © BMJ Publishing Group Limited 2018. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.