Successful conservative management with positive end-expiratory pressure for massive haemothorax complicating pacemaker implantation

Chao Han Lai, Ju Yi Chen, Hsuan yin Wu, Jih Sheng Wen, Yu Jen Yang

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Haemothorax resulting from injury to a great vessel is a potential complication during transvenous pacemaker implantation that can be caused by perforation by the electrode. If the amount of bleeding is massive, control needs thoracotomy. We report on a 70-year-old man who had a massive haemothorax following transvenous pacemaker implantation. This complication was controlled successfully by using positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP). We conclude that this simple but reproducible experience may offer effective haemostasis for a massive haemothorax caused by transvenous catheter perforation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-191
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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