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Desai A, Kumar A, Shanbhag P, Shah F. Pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade following percutaneously inserted central line insertion in an extremely low-birth-weight baby: Case report and successful management. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (1):57-59.
Pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade are rare complications of percutaneously inserted central lines (PICLs), in extremely low-birth-weight babies. This particular complication carries a high degree of mortality, if not suspected and diagnosed. Bedside echocardiography proves not only diagnostic but also can be lifesaving in these conditions. Here, we wish to report such a baby who suddenly deteriorated and showed cardiovascular instability 2 days after the insertion of PICL. Immediate bedside echocardiography helped pick up the effusion which was drained using a subxiphoid percutaneous approach.
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