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Hazards of tube thoracostomy in patients on a ventilator

By Kasra Shaikhrezai and Vipin Zamvar

Abstract

A patient with post-pneumonia empyema complicated by type-2 respiratory failure required mechanical ventilation as part of his therapy. A pneumothorax was noted on his chest radiograph. This was treated with an intercostal chest drain (ICD). Unfortunately, he was still hypoxic, his subcutaneous emphysema was worsening and the ICD was bubbling. A computed tomography (CT) scan of chest demonstrated that the ICD has penetrated the right upper lobe parenchyma. A new ICD was inserted and the previous one was removed. Although both hypoxia and subcutaneous emphysema improved, the patient chronically remained on mechanical ventilation

Topics: Case Report
Publisher: BioMed Central
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:3072318
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