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Neonatal pneumopericardium
  1. Aisling Garvey1,2,
  2. Peter Filan1,2
  1. 1 Department of Neonatology, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  2. 2 Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT), University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Aisling Garvey, Department of Neonatology, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Cork, Ireland; aisling.garvey{at}

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A male infant was delivered at 26+6 weeks, with a birth weight of 670 g. He had significant lung disease and feed intolerance. On day 11, a chest X-ray was performed to confirm position of a peripherally inserted long-line. An unexpected finding was a curvilinear lucency outlining the heart, consistent with a pneumopericardium (figure 1). The long-line tip was mid-clavicular and umbilical lines were below the …

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  • Contributors All authors have equally contributed to the design, writing and review of this manuscript.

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