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Intercostal Catheters
 
 
Intercostal Catheters
Intercostal catheters (chest tubes) are used either for the diagnostic purpose of identifying the cause of a pleural effusion, or therapeutically in order to drain a pneumothorax or pleural effusion.
 

Complications

 
 

Blockage

    • Clinical Features

    • Catheter is not draining
    • Fluid in the drainage system is not swinging with respiration
    • Pain
    • Causes of Intercostal Catheter Blockage

    • Clot in the catheter / tubing
    • Kinking of the catheter / tubing
    • Catheter not in the correct position
    • Drainage system is above the level of the chest
Last updated on January 1st, 2018
 
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