Pneumomediastinum complicated by subclavian central venous catheterization in a severe thoracic trauma patient

Liang Chih Chen, Chi Tzao, Wen Jinn Liaw, Huei Chi Horng, Chen Hwan Cherng, Chih Shung Wong, Ching Tang Wu

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Abstract

Pneumomediastinum is a rare event in subclavian central venous catheterization. However in severe thoracotraumatized patients, such as with bilateral hemopneumothorax, the catherization may be hazardous and made complex by occurrence pneumomediastinum, even the procedure is rightly carried out. We suggest that in such a risky condition, if it is mandatory, it should be carried out in a more placid condition, such as avoidance of high PEEP ventilation, setting lower tidal volume, or brief interruption of positive ventilation, to reduce the likelihood of unperceivable pneumomediastinum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
JournalActa Anaesthesiologica Taiwanica
Volume45
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Pneumomediastinum
  • Subclavian central venous catheterization
  • Thoracic trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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Chen, L. C., Tzao, C., Liaw, W. J., Horng, H. C., Cherng, C. H., Wong, C. S., & Wu, C. T. (2007). Pneumomediastinum complicated by subclavian central venous catheterization in a severe thoracic trauma patient. Acta Anaesthesiologica Taiwanica, 45(3), 185-188.