Turkish Thoracic Journal
Case report

Use of Medical Thoracoscopy for Retrieval of Broken Intrapleural Catheter


Department of Pulmonology, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan


Department of Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan

Turk Thorac J 2021; 22: 179-181
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2021.19120
Read: 6 Downloads: 2 Published: 06 April 2021

Small-bore pleural catheters are used to drain simple effusions effectively. They are less invasive and more comfortable than tube thoracostomy. As with any other intervention, these small catheters have their associated complications. Herein, we report a case of a young woman who was diagnosed with tuberculous pleural effusion. Easydrain pleural catheter was inserted to drain the effusion; it broke in situ because of improper insertion and was later removed using medical thoracoscopy. We emphasize on the need for proper training for doctors and staff regarding these procedures to avoid undue complications. We have also highlighted the importance of medical thoracoscopy in the removal of retained intrapleural foreign bodies. 

Cite this article as: Sumalani KK, Rehman U, Akhter N, Rizvi NA. Use of medical thoracoscopy for retrieval of broken intrapleural catheter. Turk Thorac J 2021; 22(2): 179-81.

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