Eurasian Journal of Pulmonology

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--6

Chest drain size: Does it matter?


David J McCracken, Ioannis Psallidas, Najib M Rahman 
 Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit, University of Oxford, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, UK

Correspondence Address:
Dr. David J McCracken
Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit, University of Oxford, Churchill Hospital, Oxford
UK

Pleural disease is common with an increasing incidence and so represents a significant proportion of the workload for respiratory physicians. Chest drain insertion continues to be considered a mainstay of pleural disease management however the optimum drain size required for various pleural conditions remains unclear. Traditionally large-bore chest drains were inserted through a surgical technique of blunt dissection however smaller bore Seldinger (guidewire) drains have dramatically increased in popularity in recent times most likely due to ease of insertion and perceived increased patient tolerability. Despite British Thoracic Society Guidelines advocating a preference for small-bore chest drains, their use remains controversial. We aim to review the literature in each category of pleural disease including pneumothorax, malignant pleural effusion and pleural infection, regarding chest drain size, comparing the role, effectiveness and complications of each.


How to cite this article:
McCracken DJ, Psallidas I, Rahman NM. Chest drain size: Does it matter?.Eurasian J Pulmonol 2018;20:1-6


How to cite this URL:
McCracken DJ, Psallidas I, Rahman NM. Chest drain size: Does it matter?. Eurasian J Pulmonol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Oct 23 ];20:1-6
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