Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine
A Hidden Complication of Pigtail Catheter Insertion
- Author(s): Garcia de Alencar, Júlio C.
- Pinheiro Costa, Millena G.
- Brandao Neto, Rodrigo A.
- Posollo de Souza, Heraldo
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/cpcem.2019.11.44913
Pigtail catheters have emerged as an effective and less morbid alternative to traditional chest tubes for evacuation of pleural air. Rare complications in the literature have been reported. We report a case of a 92-year-old male who presented with dyspnea and shock, noted to have a pneumothorax requiring tube thoracostomy. Computed tomography demonstrated pigtail within the lung parenchyma. We discuss the implications of this occurrence.