alexa Contra-lateral Haemopneumothorax and Pneumopericardium
ISSN: 2165-7920

Journal of Clinical Case Reports
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Case Report

Contra-lateral Haemopneumothorax and Pneumopericardium Following Dual Chamber ICD Implantation via the Cephalic Vein

Thanh T Phan*, Samia Khan, Nicholas J Linker and Andrew Turley
James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
Corresponding Author : Thanh Trung Phan
James Cook University Hospital
Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW, UK
Tel: 01642850850
E-mail: [email protected]
Received September 07, 2013; Accepted November 13, 2013; Published November 15, 2013
Citation: Phan TT, Khan S, Linker NJ, Turley A (2013) Contra-lateral Haemopneumothorax and Pneumopericardium Following Dual Chamber ICD Implantation via the Cephalic Vein. J Clin Case Rep 3:313. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000313
Copyright: © 2013 Phan TT, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


We present a case of contra-lateral haemopneumothorax and pneumopericardium following a dual chamber ICD implantation using the cephalic vein. The explanation lies in the use of an active fixation atrial (screw-in) lead and not the route of venous access. One should inspect for pneumopericardium when a pneumothorax is present on the CXR and look for right sided pneumothorax even when the cephalic vein was used for access.

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