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CASE REPORT
Left ventricular puncture during thoracentesis

Abstract

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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