Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Internal thoracic artery injury caused by chest tube: a case report

Lesão da artéria torácica interna por dreno torácico: relato de caso

Fernando Luiz Westphal1, Luiz Carlos de Lima1, Marcelo Augusto Teixeira Fadul2

J Bras Pneumol.1998;24(6):382-384

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The authors report a rare case of internal thoracic artery lesion caused by a chest tube in a patient under open drainage system treatment for empyema. The vessel rupture, leading the patient to hypovolemic shock and massive hemoptysis, was the indication for surgical intervention. They also emphasize the care with a thoracic drainage and the need for radiologic control.


Keywords: Thoracostomy. Internal thoracic artery. Chest tube.




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