Contralateral pneumothorax after central line placement in COVID-19 positive patients

Submitted: June 22, 2021
Accepted: August 13, 2021
Published: September 28, 2021
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Contralateral pneumothorax after percutaneous central venous catheter placement has not been previously reported. Three patients who required intubation and mechanical ventilation for acute respiratory failure due to COVID-19 were identified with a new pneumothorax on routine post-placement chest roentgenogram on the side opposite the catheter placement.  Retrospective review of charts, radiographs, and laboratory studies.  No causative relationship was identified between the percutaneous placement of the central venous catheters and the subsequent pneumothoraces identified on the contralateral side, other than the presence of active COVID-19 viral pneumonia. The timing of the contralateral pneumothoraces were coincidental the placement of the central venous catheters.  We believe these pneumothoraces were a consequence of the pulmonary pathology of the COVID-19 virus.



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Swezey, Elizabeth, Scott Oster, Kathryn McGhee, Luke Edgecombe, Jody DiGiacomo, and L. D. George Angus. 2021. “Contralateral Pneumothorax After Central Line Placement in COVID-19 Positive Patients”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 92 (2).