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Chirurgia 2011 February;24(1):51-2

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Intrapleural migration of chest tube drainage after pneumothorax treatment

Álvarez J. 1, Garea M. 1, Taboada M. 1, Rodriguez L. 1, Goanzalez A. 2, Pombo M. V. 1, Ginesta V. 1, Campaña O. 1, García Bengoechea J. B. 3, Rodriguez J. 1

1 Department of Anesthesia, Santiago de Compostela University Hospital, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2 Department of Anesthesia, Oviedo Central Hospital, Oviedo, Spain
3 Department of Cardiac Surgery University Hospital, Santiago de Compostela University Hospital, Santiago de Compostela, Spain


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We present a case of disconnection of a pleural chest tube, placed to treat a pneumothorax with very severe subcutaneous emphysema, with subsequent migration of the whole tube into the pleural space. A video-assisted thoracoscopy was required to extract it. In our opinion, the incorrect design of the system makes possible this disconnection and subsequent introduction of the drainage into the pleural cavity.

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