Hemothorax treated with indwelling tunneled pleural catheter: are all hemothoraces the same?

J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2011 Jul;18(3):261-4. doi: 10.1097/LBR.0b013e3182238360.


Historically, patients presenting with a hemothorax of any cause have been treated with tube thoracostomy. We describe 2 patients with a hemothorax successfully treated with an indwelling tunneled pleural catheter. Our cases may suggest a new treatment modality for selected patients with hemothorax.