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Ann Thorac Surg. 1976 Aug;22(2):163-5.

Outpatient management of intercostal tube drainage in spontaneous pneumothorax.


In a series of 226 patients with spontaneous pneumothorax, 167 (74%) were managed successfully on an outpatient basis by observation (20%) or by intercostal tube drainage and a flutter valve (54%). Only 59 patients (26%) were hospitalized, and 42 of these were treated surgically (18.6%). Outpatient management with a flutter valve has proved to be safe, efficient, and economical.

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