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Pneumothorax following central venous catheterisation?
  1. R J Parker,
  2. C G Wathen
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Wycombe Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr R J Parker
 Thoracic Medicine Office, Wycombe Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP11 2TT, UK;


A chest radiograph performed to check the position of a central venous catheter in a patient appeared to show a pneumothorax. Intercostal drain insertion was prepared. Reassessment of the patient and a further radiograph confirmed that the "pneumothorax" was an artefact from a prominent skin fold due to the patient’s body habitus.

  • Central venous catheters
  • pneumothorax

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