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Rare complication of central venous catheter placement: bilateral hydrothorax
  1. Guntug Batihan,
  2. Kenan C Ceylan and
  3. Seyda Ors Kaya
  1. Dr Suat Seren Chest Diseases and Surgery, Medical Practice and Research Center, Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Health Sciences, Izmir, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Guntug Batihan, gbatihan{at}


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.

  • anaesthesia
  • cardiothoracic surgery
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  • Contributors GB has made a substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; and interpretation of data. KCC has made a substantial contribution while final approval of the version to be published and conception and design ŞOK has made a substantial contribution while final approval of the version to be published.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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