Thoracoscopy in children: is a chest tube necessary?

  title={Thoracoscopy in children: is a chest tube necessary?},
  author={Todd A. Ponsky and Steven S. Rothenberg and Kuojen Tsao and Daniel J. Ostlie and Shawn David St Peter and George W. Holcomb},
  journal={Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A},
  volume={19 Suppl 1},
PURPOSE Historically, a chest tube or drain has been left following a thoracic operation to allow drainage of air or fluid in the postoperative period. However, in patients undergoing thoracoscopy, the tube is often the greatest source of postoperative pain. We began excluding chest tubes several years ago and therefore are reviewing our experience to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this approach. METHODS A retrospective review of the medical record was performed on patients undergoing… CONTINUE READING

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