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N Kulvatunyou, B Joseph, RS Friese, D Green, L Gries, T O'Keeffe, AL Tang, JL Wynne and P Rhee
Abstract
Small 14F pigtail catheters (PCs) have been shown to drain air quite well in patients with traumatic pneumothorax (PTX). But their effectiveness in draining blood in patients with traumatic hemothorax (HTX) or hemopneumothorax (HPTX) is unknown. We hypothesized that 14F PCs can drain blood as well as large-bore 32F to 40F chest tubes. We herein report our early case series experience with PCs in the management of traumatic HTX and HPTX.
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Physical trauma, Hospital, Hemopneumothorax, Pulmonary contusion, Chest trauma, Hemothorax, Pneumothorax, Chest tube
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