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Lung perforation by chest tubes in the neonate.

Authors
  • Machin, G A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pediatric pathology / affiliated with the International Paediatric Pathology Association
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1984
Volume
2
Issue
1
Pages
103–114
Identifiers
PMID: 6542209
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In 272 consecutive neonatal autopsies in one institution, 70 patients had had intercostal drainage tubes inserted to treat air leak secondary to pulmonary disease. In 9 of these cases, one or more chest tubes penetrated lung parenchyma. The majority of these occurred in infants less than 36 weeks' gestation with hyaline membrane disease and its sequelae. Laceration of lung parenchyma most commonly occurred when tubes were inserted on the left side at 5 days or later and when multiple tubes were inserted.

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