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Treatment of a pneumothorax often requires insertion of an intercostal chest drain. Usually the tube is connected to an underwater seal which acts as a one way valve, allowing air to escape from the pleural space and thereby preventing the development of a tension pneumothorax. We wish to highlight the case of a patient who developed a potentially life threatening problem resulting from the partial occlusion of a chest drain bottle air outlet port by a plastic cap supplied with the equipment.
A 60 year old man with COPD developed a large right pneumothorax. Aspiration was unsuccessful so a chest drain was inserted. This was connected …
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