CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 822–824 | Cite as

Catheter-Malposition-Induced Cardiac Tamponade via Contrast Media Leakage During Computed Tomography Study

  • Chi-Di LiangEmail author
  • Sheung-Fat Ko
  • Chien-Fu Huang
  • Shao Ju Chien
  • Mao Meng Tiao


We present a rare case of a central venous catheter-malposition-induced life-threatening cardiac tamponade as a result of computed tomography (CT) with contrast enhancement in an infant with a ventricular septal defect and pulmonary atresia after a modified Blalock–Taussig shunt. The diagnosis was confirmed by chest radiographs and CT study with catheter perforation through the right atrial wall and extravasation of the contrast medium into the pericardium, leading to cardiac tamponade and subsequent circulatory collapse. Two hours after successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the patient gradually resumed normal hemodynamic status.


Acute pericarditis Cardiac tamponade Contrast medium Computed tomography Complication Catheter 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chi-Di Liang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sheung-Fat Ko
    • 1
  • Chien-Fu Huang
    • 1
  • Shao Ju Chien
    • 1
  • Mao Meng Tiao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Cardiology and RadiologyChang Gung Children's HospitalKaohsiung

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