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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 7. No. 2, 2002

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 2002;7:98-100

Case Report

Cardiac Tamponade Secondary to Umbilical Vein Catheterization in a Premature Newborn: A Case Report

KS Lun, WH Lee


We report a premature newborn who developed circulatory collapse 46 hours after birth due to cardiac tamponade. Echocardiography revealed large circumferential pericardial effusion. Pericardiocentesis yielded 12 ml of clear straw-colored fluid with high glucose level of 102.9 mmol/L. The neonate improved after the procedure. Pericardial tamponade is a rare complication related to umbilical vein catheter. Nevertheless, this life-threatening complication has to be suspected in newborn presenting with shock after umbilical vein catheterization.

Keyword : Cardiac tamponade; Newborn; Pericardial effusion; Umbilical veins

Abstract in Chinese


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