SAMUEL REFETOFF, M.D.
The advent of polyethylene catheters has tremendously facilitated the administration of intravenous fluids and drugs; thus it is not surprising that with the increasing use of the above procedure, the list of associated complications recorded in the medical literature has grown (1-7). Transient edema (1), thrombophlebitis (1), embolism (1-5), myocardial damage (6-7), and septicemia (1) are only a few to mention. Many authors (4, 5) have rightly pointed out the pitfalls resulting from the utter simplicity of the insertion and use of intravenous catheters. Their application is not limited to therapeutics but also in diagnosis and commonly for maintenance of
REFETOFF S. Iatrogenic Hydrothorax: Report of a Case. Ann Intern Med. ;63:869–872. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-63-5-869
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;63(5):869-872.
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