Persistent hemothorax secondary to malposition of a subclavian venous catheter

J Trauma. 1977 May;17(5):387-8. doi: 10.1097/00005373-197705000-00010.


In a group of seven patients with percutaneous subclavian catheters in the pleural space, three were found to have continued blood loss from the catheter tip, and in four patients thoracotomy was prevented by discontinuing blood administration through the subclavian catheter during a re-evaluation phase.

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization / adverse effects*
  • Hemothorax / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Subclavian Vein*
  • Thoracic Injuries / therapy
  • Transfusion Reaction