Title

Fatal pulmonary hemorrhage after use of the flow-directed balloon-tipped catheter

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Date

3-1-1979

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Adult; Aged; Female; Heart Catheterization; Hemorrhage; Humans; Lung Diseases; Male; Middle Aged; *Postoperative Complications; Pulmonary Artery; Rupture

Disciplines

Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases

Abstract

The flow-directed balloon-tipped catheter is extensively used in intensive care units, catheterization laboratories, operating rooms, and emergency wards. Major complications associated with its use have not been frequently reported. In a recent 2-year period in four hospitals, we identified five cases of fatal pulmonary hemorrhage resulting from balloon-tipped catheters. We review here four additional cases previously cited in the literature and discuss possible mechanisms and predisposing factors associated with this complication and guidelines for safe use of these catheters. Pulmonary artery rupture is probably commoner than previously reported.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Ann Intern Med. 1979 Mar;90(3):344-7.

Related Resources

Link to article in PubMed

PubMed ID

426402