Lung entrapment and infarction by chest tube suction

Radiology. 1977 Feb;122(2):307-9. doi: 10.1148/122.2.307.


Focal pulmonary infarction resulting from entrapment of lung within a chest tube represents one of the complications of thoracentesis. The radiographic demonstration of a pulmonary density in the region of the side or end hole of a chest tube should alert one to this possibility.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Intubation / adverse effects*
  • Pulmonary Embolism / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Embolism / etiology*
  • Radiography
  • Suction / adverse effects*
  • Thorax