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J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2011 Jul;18(3):261-4. doi: 10.1097/LBR.0b013e3182238360.

Hemothorax treated with indwelling tunneled pleural catheter: are all hemothoraces the same?

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*Respiratory Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH †Cancer Biology Program ‡Department of Pulmonary Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX §Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings, NE.


Historically, patients presenting with a hemothorax of any cause have been treated with tube thoracostomy. We describe 2 patients with a hemothorax successfully treated with an indwelling tunneled pleural catheter. Our cases may suggest a new treatment modality for selected patients with hemothorax.

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