Intercostal artery laceration during thoracocentesis: increased risk in elderly patients.


Journal Article

Two cases of intercostal artery laceration following thoracocentesis are reported. Subsequent analysis of 29 thoracic aortograms demonstrated a definite trend toward increasing tortuosity of intercostal arteries with advancing age. Consequently, the amount of space available for safe insertion of the thoracocentesis needle tends to decrease with advancing age. As a result, elderly patients are more prone to intercostal artery laceration during thoracocentesis, and careful attention must be paid to the proper technique for performing this examination in such patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Carney, M; Ravin, CE

Published Date

  • April 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 75 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 520 - 522

PubMed ID

  • 446149

Pubmed Central ID

  • 446149

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-3692

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1378/chest.75.4.520


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States