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Journal of the Korean Society of Neonatology 2006;13(1):171-175.
Published online May 1, 2006.
A Case of Unilateral Pleural Effusion Due to Percutaneously Inserted Central Venous Catheterization.
Hee Young Nam, Cho Ae Lee, Kyu Hyung Lee
Department of Pediatrics, Pochon CHA University, Sungnam, Korea. ia0021@hanmail.net
경피적 중심 정맥관 삽입 후 발생한 일측성 흉막삼출 1례
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Percutaneously inserted central venous catheterization (PICC) is commonly used for the management of preterm infants and surgical newborn babies to provide intravenous access for prolonged therapy and parenteral nutrition. Insertion of PICC in neonate has been associated with both immediate and late complications. The immediate complications include catheter malposition, pneumothorax and hemothorax usually secondary to the insertion procedure. Late complications are sepsis, thrombosis, catheter tip migration, vessel perforation, cardiac tamponade, pericardial effusion, pleural effusion and chemical pneumonitis. It is recognized that catheter tip migration can occur at any time with potentially fatal outcome. We report here a newborn infant that successful PICC placement was followed a few days later by the development of a unilateral pleural effusion due to migration of the cathter tip, with a brief review of the literatures.
Key Words: Percutaneously inserted central venous catheter; Pleural effusion


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