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Left ventricular puncture during thoracentesis
  1. Daniel Farinas Lugo,
  2. Prasad Chalasani and
  3. Veronica del Calvo
  1. Department of Cardiology, College of Medicine, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Prasad Chalasani, pchalasani{at}


Left ventricular puncture during a thoracentesis is a rare and unusual complication that has yet to be reported. We report a case in which a 74-year-old woman with dilated ischaemic heart disease suffered from puncture of the left ventricle during a routine ultrasound-guided thoracentesis despite following the recommended protocol and procedures. She became haemodynamically unstable and underwent an emergent thoracotomy for removal of the catheter and repair of the left ventricular wall.

  • interventional radiology
  • radiology
  • interventional cardiology
  • cardiovascular medicine
  • respiratory medicine

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  • Contributors PC oversaw the writing and editing process of the report. DFL was the main article writer and editor. VdC was a contributing writer and editor.

  • 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.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.