Aspiration for primary pneumothorax: higher failure rate than drainage, but less pain

Clinical Question

Is simple aspiration in adults with primary pneumothorax as effective as traditional chest tube drainage?

Bottom line

In this study, adults with their first spontaneous pneumothorax treated with simple aspiration had a higher rate of failure but less pain. This is a good time for participatory decision-making with your hemodynamically stable patients. 2b

Study design: Randomized controlled trial (nonblinded)

Funding: Other

Setting: Emergency department


Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

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