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Feasibility of short term drainage for diagnostic thoracoscopy.
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PMID:  19719035     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Thoracoscopy is a diagnostic tool superior to other available techniques for the assessment of pleural effusions. There are numerous publications that describe the technique in detail but there is very little published on the optimal time of chest drain removal post procedure. Our aim was to retrospectively study all cases of diagnostic thoracoscopy and to ascertain the time of chest drain removal, length of hospital stay and associated complications. METHODS: All patients who underwent thoracoscopy during a 6-year period were identified from a computerised database. Patients who received talc for pleurodesis were excluded as they required longer drainage time. A review of the remaining patients' charts and radiology was performed to ascertain the predefined outcomes. RESULTS: 124 patients had a diagnostic thoracoscopy. The time to chest drain removal was documented as less than four hours, four to 24 hours, 24 to 48 hours and greater than 48 hours in 66 (53.2%), 29 (23.4%), 12 (9.7%) and 17 (13.7%) of patients respectively. The median length of stay for all patients was one day (interquartile range, 1-4 days). There was a statistically significant difference in overall length of hospital stay between the early (<4 hours) and late (>48 hours) chest drain removal groups, p=0.0028. The overall complication rate was 15.9%. There was no statistical difference in complication rates between the two groups. CONCLUSION: This retrospective series demonstrates that early chest drain removal post diagnostic thoracoscopy is possible and safe. This is likely to confer economic benefits.
D P Breen; S Mallawathantri; A Fraticelli; L Greillier; P Astoul
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Monaldi archives for chest disease = Archivio Monaldi per le malattie del torace / Fondazione clinica del lavoro, IRCCS [and] Istituto di clinica tisiologica e malattie apparato respiratorio, Università di Napoli, Secondo ateneo     Volume:  71     ISSN:  1122-0643     ISO Abbreviation:  Monaldi Arch Chest Dis     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-09-01     Completed Date:  2009-09-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9307314     Medline TA:  Monaldi Arch Chest Dis     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  54-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Medicine, Université de la Méditerranée, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Marseille, Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Division of Thoracic Oncology, Hôpital Sainte-Marguerite, Marseille, France.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Chest Tubes / adverse effects
Drainage / adverse effects,  instrumentation,  methods*
Feasibility Studies
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
Pleural Effusion / diagnosis*,  surgery*
Postoperative Care
Postoperative Complications / etiology
Retrospective Studies
Thoracoscopy / adverse effects,  methods*
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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