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Clamp the chest tube?

Robert Smith RFSmithMD at comcast.net
Fri Apr 7 22:51:37 BST 2006


There seems to be a disconnect re: the physiology. In my humble and probably
simplistic understanding the a chest tube is placed in order to continuously
evacuate the pleural space thus allowing the lung to maintain a fully
expanded state in order to allow the tears that are leaking blood and/or air
to have the opportunity to "seal". Clamping the tube would negate this
healing process.

R. Smith, MD



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