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Unilateral pleural effusion complicating central venous catheterisation
  1. P Madhavi,
  2. R Jameson,
  3. M J Robinson
  1. Hope Hospital, Salford M6 8HD, UK
  1. Dr Robinson, Hope Hospital NICU, Salford M6 8HD, UK email: mrobinson{at}


Acute respiratory distress developed in two preterm babies because of unilateral hydrothorax secondary to the migration of a central venous catheter into the pulmonary vasculature. Prompt recognition of the problem and rapid treatment are essential and life saving. This complication of intravenous alimentation catheters has not been previously reported in the neonatal age group.

  • pleural effusion
  • central venous catheter
  • preterm
  • parenteral nutrition

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