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Bronchopleural fistula following intrauterine transfusion
  1. H. V. Price,
  2. Joan Andrews,
  3. K. M. Laurence
  1. Departments of Child Health and Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff Maternity Hospital, Glossop Terrace, Cardiff


    An infant developed a bronchopleural fistula following intrauterine transfusion given for severe haemolytic disease of the newborn. The fistula was shown to be due to the transfusion being given into the right pleural cavity and lung. Initial treatment along conservative lines is suggested, reserving thoracotomy and lobectomy for use if these simple measures fail. Hypocalcaemia was a complicating feature.

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