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

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Abstract

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
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2013

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery

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