Pericardial tamponade and coronary sinus thrombosis associated with central venus catheterization

Chest. 1992 Apr;101(4):1154-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.101.4.1154.


We report the rare occurrence of fatal cardiac tamponade due to coronary sinus and right atrial thrombosis associated with central venous catheterization. The clinical course was extremely rapid, with death occurring a few minutes after the acute clinical event. Other causes of acute cardiac tamponade were ruled out by the postmortem studies.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cardiac Tamponade / etiology*
  • Cardiac Tamponade / pathology
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects*
  • Coronary Thrombosis / etiology*
  • Coronary Thrombosis / pathology
  • Emergencies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pericardial Effusion / etiology*
  • Pericardial Effusion / pathology
  • Status Asthmaticus / complications
  • Status Asthmaticus / therapy
  • Time Factors