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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.

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.

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