ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
In which phase of respiration should the chest tube be removed?
Banu Aktin, Ufuk Çağırıcı
Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, İzmir
Tube thoracostomy, which interests mainly thoracic surgeons and, in some hospitals, chest physicians and some other physicians, is an important application not only for insertion but also for removal with respect to appropriate technique and indications. Although there are many studies on the indications and insertion techniques of tube thoracostomy, information on its removal is quite insufficient. The aim of this review is to address literature data about the phase of respiration for removing chest tubes, and to emphasize the importance of this unresolved issue.
Keywords : Algorithms; chest tubes; pneumothorax/etiology/therapy; thoracic injuries; thoracostomy/methods
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