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Use of a Heimlich flutter valve for pneumothorax in cystic fibrosis.
  1. F P Edenborough,
  2. I Hussain,
  3. D E Stableforth
  1. Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK.


    The use of a Heimlich flutter valve in an adult patient with cystic fibrosis with hypercapnic respiratory failure which allowed resolution of a persisting pneumothorax after failure of conventional tube drainage is reported. The patient was managed at home and avoided surgical pleurodesis which could have jeopardised transplantation at a later date.

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