What is the role of simple aspiration in the management of pneumothorax?

Updated: Apr 28, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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Simple aspiration in 131 cases of small spontaneous pneumothorax yielded successful results up to 87%. [58] Other studies have described more limited success in up to 70% cases. [59] A more recent ED study supports needle aspiration as safe and effective as chest tube placement for PSP, conferring the additional benefits of shorter length of stay and fewer hospital admissions. [60]


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