14 French pigtail catheters placed by surgeons to drain blood on trauma patients: Is 14-Fr too small?
The journal of trauma and acute care surgery | 29 Nov 2012
N Kulvatunyou, B Joseph, RS Friese, D Green, L Gries, T O'Keeffe, AL Tang, JL Wynne and P Rhee
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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