Spontaneous pneumothorax: marker gas technique for predicting outcome of manual aspiration.

@article{Seaton1991SpontaneousPM,
  title={Spontaneous pneumothorax: marker gas technique for predicting outcome of manual aspiration.},
  author={Douglas Seaton and Kathir G. Yoganathan and T J Coady and Renate Barker},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={1991},
  volume={302 6771},
  pages={262-5}
}
OBJECTIVE To determine whether in a patient with spontaneous pneumothorax the presence or absence of a pleural leak can be shown at the time of manual aspiration by use of a marker gas. Also, to find out if the technique can predict whether manual aspiration will be successful, hence avoiding the need for intercostal tube drainage. DESIGN Prospective study of 25 episodes of pneumothorax during which patients breathed air from a Douglas bag that contained chlorofluorocarbon gases from a… CONTINUE READING

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