Thoracic trauma victims commonly sustain visceral pleural injury with resultant pneumothorax. These injuries usually respond to standard tube thoracostomy decompression and drainage. However, a subset of these patients develop recurrent and/or loculated pneumothoraces or pneumatoceles that are not readily accessible by tube thoracostomy. Percutaneous catheter drainage of these collections provides a safe and reliable method of management in critically ill patients.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care|
|State||Published - Dec 1996|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine