Large-Bore and Small-Bore Chest Tubes: Types, Function, and Placement

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Scopus citations


Chest tubes are placed in the pleural space, either surgically or percutaneously to evacuate abnormal fluid and air. Indications for chest tubes include therapeutic drainage of pleural conditions such as pneumothorax, hemothorax, empyema, chylothorax, and malignant effusions, as well as prophylaxis drainage of air, blood, and other fluids after chest surgery. This article characterizes the types of chest tubes, reviews the basic techniques for insertion, and describes the comparative effectiveness between large-bore and small-bore chest tubes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalThoracic Surgery Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Chest tubes
  • Effusions
  • French
  • Large bore
  • Small bore

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


Dive into the research topics of 'Large-Bore and Small-Bore Chest Tubes: Types, Function, and Placement'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this