Die Thoraxdrainage

Translated title of the contribution: How to do - The chest tube drainage

Michael Klopp, Hans Hoffmann, Hendrik Dienemann

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A chest tube is used to drain the contents of the pleural space to reconstitute the physiologic pressures within the pleural space and to allow the lungs to fully expand. Indications for chest tube placement include pneumothorax, hemothorax, pleural effusion, pleural empyema, and major thoracic surgery. The most appropriate site for chest tube placement is the 4th or 5th intercostal space in the mid- or anterior- axillary line. Attention to technique in placing the chest tube is vital to avoid complications from the procedure. Applying the step-by-step technique presented, placement of a chest tube is a quick and safe procedure. Complications - frequently occurring when the tube is inserted with a steel trocar - include hemothorax, dislocation, lung lacerations, and injury to organs in the thoracic or abdominal cavity.

Translated title of the contributionHow to do - The chest tube drainage
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)339-341
Number of pages3
JournalDeutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


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