Mediastinal perforation and contralateral hemothorax by a chest tube

Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1998 Dec;46(6):375-6. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-1013073.


Tube thoracostomy is an invasive and common procedure that is often life-saving, but by no means innocuous. We describe herein a case of chest trauma in which the chest tube crossed through the mediastinum between aorta and esophagus and penetrated the contralateral pleural cavity causing mild hemothorax. A literature search has failed to identify a similar case: the misplacement was detected in a control radiograph which led to early adjustment of the tube and no sequalae.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chest Tubes / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Hemothorax / diagnostic imaging
  • Hemothorax / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Mediastinum / injuries*
  • Radiography