How is the chest tube managed following bullectomy?

Updated: Feb 21, 2019
  • Author: Neerja Gulati, MD; Chief Editor: Dale K Mueller, MD  more...
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The chest tubes are left in the thoracic cavity until the air leak is resolved and the lung is fully expanded. Patients are monitored for hypoxia and hypercarbia. Chest radiography is performed as needed for pneumothorax.


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