European Radiology

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 938–941 | Cite as

Side markings of the neonatal chest X-ray: two legal cases of pneumothorax side mix up

  • Thröstur Finnbogason
  • Staffan Bremmer
  • Hans Ringertz
Malpractice–Legal

Abstract.

Two medicolegal case reports are presented. They involve chest X-ray with left-and-right side confusion due to lack of radio-opaque side markers. Two premature babies with pneumothorax got thoracostomy on the wrong side, in one case with a fatal outcome.

Side markings Chest Neonates Malpractice 

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© Springer-Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thröstur Finnbogason
    • 1
  • Staffan Bremmer
    • 2
  • Hans Ringertz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Paediatric Radiology, Karolinska Hospital, 171 76 Stockholm, SwedenSweden
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Karolinska Hospital, 171 76 Stockholm, SwedenSweden

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