How are chest tubes placed during treatment 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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A tube inserted into the pleural space is connected to a device with one-way flow for air removal. Examples of such devices are Heimlich valves or water seal canisters, and tubes connected to wall suction devices.


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