Chest Tube Injury to Left Ventricle: Complication or Negligence?

Hairulfaizi Haron, Norfaezan Abdul Rashid, Mohd Zamrin Dimon, Muhd Helmi Azmi, Ooi Joanna Su Min, Azmil Farid Zabir, Mohd Ramzisham Abdul Rahman

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Abstract

An injury to the left ventricle after a chest tube insertion is a rare but lethal phenomenon that is likely to occur if precautions are not seriously addressed. We present a 15-year-old girl who was diagnosed a left empyema thoracis. An attempt to place a chest drain in this young girl was almost fatal. A left ventricular repair together with thoracotomy and decortication were successful. This case emphasizes the rarity of this lethal complication and the importance of the correct technique for chest tube insertion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-309
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

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Chest Tubes
Thoracic Injuries
Malpractice
Heart Ventricles
Empyema
Thoracotomy
Thorax
Wounds and Injuries

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Chest Tube Injury to Left Ventricle : Complication or Negligence? / Haron, Hairulfaizi; Rashid, Norfaezan Abdul; Dimon, Mohd Zamrin; Azmi, Muhd Helmi; Su Min, Ooi Joanna; Zabir, Azmil Farid; Abdul Rahman, Mohd Ramzisham.

In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 90, No. 1, 07.2010, p. 308-309.

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Haron, Hairulfaizi ; Rashid, Norfaezan Abdul ; Dimon, Mohd Zamrin ; Azmi, Muhd Helmi ; Su Min, Ooi Joanna ; Zabir, Azmil Farid ; Abdul Rahman, Mohd Ramzisham. / Chest Tube Injury to Left Ventricle : Complication or Negligence?. In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2010 ; Vol. 90, No. 1. pp. 308-309.
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