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Clamp the the chest tube?

KMATTOX at aol.com KMATTOX at aol.com
Sat Apr 8 00:21:52 BST 2006

In a message dated 4/7/2006 6:19:31 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
geokgeo at otenet.gr writes:

After  the air or the blood have been successfully drained,and the lung is
fully  expanded is there a place to clamp the chest tube and keep it close
for a  day before to take it out?Just to be sure of no recurrence especially
in  cases of spontaneous pneumothorax.

NO,  Please no, that creates a potential for new problems.    It again shows 
a failure to understand pleural space physiology.    Please do not clamp chest 
tubes just before pulling them out.  

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