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Respir Care. 2010 Nov;55(11):1495-8.

Intercostal artery laceration following thoracentesis.

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Department of Health Professions, The Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH 44515, USA. mlyacovone@ysu.edu

Abstract

Intercostal artery laceration is an unusual complication following thoracentesis, and has been reported only in elderly patients. We report a case of a 78-year-old man who developed a massive hemothorax following thoracentesis. Post-thoracentesis radiograph revealed a substantial increase in pleural fluid, and emergency chest tube insertion identified the hemothorax. He underwent right thoracotomy for repair of the intercostal artery laceration.

PMID:
20979678
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