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Chest radiographs after removal of chest drains in neonates: clinical benefit or common practice?
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PMID:  16769712     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Chest drain insertion is a common procedure in neonatal care. Routine radiography after removal of chest drains increases radiation exposure, handling and cost, but there are few data proving clinical benefit.
OBJECTIVES: To review current practice and determine the yield of routinely obtained chest radiographs (CXR).
METHODS: A retrospective chart review of all infants undergoing removal of chest tubes in a single tertiary neonatal unit in New Zealand between January 1998 and July 2004 was performed.
RESULTS: In total, 119 infants were identified, from the database, to have a chest drainage performed. In 19 cases, the procedure was needle aspiration or the drain was removed outside of our unit, hence these were excluded. The remaining 100 patients with 110 episodes of chest drain removal after 174 chest tube insertions were analysed. In asymptomatic infants, routine radiography showed some reaccumulation of air in nine of 35 cases of pneumothorax or of fluid in two of the five cases of pleural effusion, but chest tube reinsertion was not required. In the 12 clinically symptomatic infants, chest tubes were reinserted in five cases (four reaccumulations of pneumothorax and one pleural effusion), and one infant had symptomatic right upper lobe collapse. In the remaining infants, there were no abnormalities on CXR accounting for deterioration.
CONCLUSIONS: Given the low yield for routine radiography after chest drain removal, we suggest that close observation is likely to detect clinically relevant recurrence of pneumothorax.
J van den Boom; M Battin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-06-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood. Fetal and neonatal edition     Volume:  92     ISSN:  1359-2998     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child. Fetal Neonatal Ed.     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-22     Completed Date:  2007-01-25     Revised Date:  2013-06-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9501297     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  F46-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Newborn Services, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Chest Tubes*
Device Removal
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care, Neonatal / methods*
Pleural Effusion / radiography,  therapy
Pneumothorax / radiography,  therapy
Radiography, Thoracic*
Retrospective Studies

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