Percutaneous drainage of infected and noninfected thoracic fluid collections

Joseph Stavas, Eric VanSonnenberg, Giovanna Casola, Gerhard R. Wittich

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Radiologically guided aspiration and drainage of thoracic fluid collections is an improvement on standard "blind" techniques for chest-tube insertion. Specific indications for radiologic drainage are broadening, and instead of failed surgical cases only, patients now are commonly referred for drainage. Most of these procedures are effective and the complication rate vis-à-vis alternatives is acceptable. Soft 12-F catheters suffice in most cases and are relatively comfortable compared to large-bore tubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-87
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Stavas, J., VanSonnenberg, E., Casola, G., & Wittich, G. R. (1987). Percutaneous drainage of infected and noninfected thoracic fluid collections. Journal of Thoracic Imaging, 2(3), 80-87.