Tension pneumothorax complicating small-caliber chest tube insertion

Chest. 1990 Mar;97(3):759-60. doi: 10.1378/chest.97.3.759.


We report two patients who developed tension pneumothorax as a result of improper attachment of a Heimlich valve to a chest tube.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chest Tubes / adverse effects*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumothorax / etiology*
  • Thoracostomy / instrumentation