Is trocar guidance for chest tube insertion a disappearing art?

Kedar S. Deshpande, Chang Shim, Anthony J. Tortolani, Vladimir Kvetan

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Abstract

While blunt dissection is the technique most often used for chest tube insertion, trocar guidance is a safe and effective alternative when used with proper technique in selected patients. In fact, trocar guidance may be the preferred technique in patients who have a tension pneumothorax, a large pneumothorax, a large pleural effusion, or a thick pleural peel surrounding an effusion. Compared with blunt dissection, trocar guidance has the advantages of taking less time and causing less patient discomfort. However, when a chest tube is required for a small pleural effusion or a small pneumothorax, blunt dissection with digital exploration or insertion of a pigtail catheter under CT guidance is preferable to the trocar technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-98
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Respiratory Diseases
Volume23
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

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Deshpande, K. S., Shim, C., Tortolani, A. J., & Kvetan, V. (2002). Is trocar guidance for chest tube insertion a disappearing art? Journal of Respiratory Diseases, 23(2), 96-98.

Is trocar guidance for chest tube insertion a disappearing art? / Deshpande, Kedar S.; Shim, Chang; Tortolani, Anthony J.; Kvetan, Vladimir.

In: Journal of Respiratory Diseases, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2002, p. 96-98.

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Deshpande, KS, Shim, C, Tortolani, AJ & Kvetan, V 2002, 'Is trocar guidance for chest tube insertion a disappearing art?', Journal of Respiratory Diseases, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 96-98.
Deshpande KS, Shim C, Tortolani AJ, Kvetan V. Is trocar guidance for chest tube insertion a disappearing art? Journal of Respiratory Diseases. 2002;23(2):96-98.
Deshpande, Kedar S. ; Shim, Chang ; Tortolani, Anthony J. ; Kvetan, Vladimir. / Is trocar guidance for chest tube insertion a disappearing art?. In: Journal of Respiratory Diseases. 2002 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 96-98.
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