Correspondence  |   August 2018
Central Venous Lines in Low-birth-weight Newborns: Watch Out
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  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. brockutn@stanford.edu
  • (Accepted for publication May 7, 2018.)
    (Accepted for publication May 7, 2018.)×
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   August 2018
Central Venous Lines in Low-birth-weight Newborns: Watch Out
Anesthesiology 8 2018, Vol.129, 387. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002285
Anesthesiology 8 2018, Vol.129, 387. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002285
I wish to congratulate the authors of the paper “A Retrospective Analysis of the Clinical Effectiveness of Supraclavicular, Ultrasound-guided Brachiocephalic Vein Cannulation in Preterm Infants.”1  Anyone who has been involved with low-birth-weight newborns know that cardiac tamponade is a real and deadly complication caused by a central line placement. This dilemma is caused by the catheter tip getting lodged in the pericardial sack; the resultant infusion of the intravenous fluids causes the tamponade.2–4  The reported incidence is between 0.07% and 2%.4  This complication was not mentioned by the authors.
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