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Cardiac tamponade complicating central venous catheter.
  1. H. Chamsi-Pasha,
  2. S. Waldek
  1. Department of Medicine, Hope Hospital, Salford, UK.


    Cardiac tamponade complicating central venous catheters is usually fatal. We present a 23 year old woman who developed cardiac tamponade 12 hours after the insertion of a subclavian line. Early recognition of this complication and urgent pericardiocentesis led to her survival.

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