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Treatment of pneumothorax: Aspects on diagnosis, treatment technique and pain relief during drainage treatment
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Anaesthesiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
1993 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Pneumothorax is the term used for all conditions where air is present in the pleural cavity outside the confinement of the lung. Active treatment of pneumothorax often consists of the introduction of a pleural drain and the application of a continuous vacuum to keep the collapsing lung expanded until the lesion has healed. Traditional techniques for the application of vacuum do not permit quantification of aspirated air volumes during treatment and assessment of the correct time to stop treatment rests on a purely subjective basis. The patients require hospitalisation during treatment which is often painful. The decision to institute active treatment usually relies on estimation of the volume of the collapsed lung pertormed from a chest X-ray.

The aims of this study were to investigate if treatment using equipment permitting quantification of aspirated air volumes could reduce treatment time, if the treatment could be made less painful and if chest X-ray was a reliable method for estimating the size of the pneumothorax.

A new device for vacuum treatment of pneumothorax was developed and six studies in 289 cases of pneumothorax were undertaken.

The studies showed that when the new technique was applied in 124 cases of traumatic and spontaneous pneumothorax, treatment time was reduced significantly compared to when the traditional technique was used. In a placebo-controlled, randomised study in 22 patients suffering from spontaneous pneumothorax it was demonstrated that pain relief during treatment was improved by the use of an interpleural technique for analgesia employing the injection of a local anaesthetic agent into the pleural cavity. This technique using 20ml bupivacaine-epinephrine 0.5% injected at 8-hourly intervals for three days did not produce serum concentrations in the toxic range, but small haemodynamic changes were registered possibly caused by beta-adrenergic stimulation by the epinephrine. A study on 16 patients with spontaneous pneumothorax showed that estimation of the degree of lung collapse from chest X-ray was unreliable as this correlated poorly to an estimation made on the same patient using CT-scan.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 1993. , 44 p.
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 393
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27476Local ID: 12130ISBN: 91-7870-934-2OAI: diva2:248028
Public defence
1993-05-19, Föreläsningssal 025, Universitetssjukhuset, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
Papers, included in the Ph.D. thesis, are not registered and included in the posts from 1999 and backwards.Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-07-23Bibliographically approved

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