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Life threatening haemorrhage after anterior needle aspiration of pneumothoraces. A role for lateral needle aspiration in emergency decompression of spontaneous pneumothorax
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    Simple aspiration of spontaneous pneumothorax using the anterior approach: complication rate

    Dear EDitor

    I read with interest the report of Rawlins and colleagues,[1] which gave account of 3 cases in which life threatening haemorrhage was associated with anterior needle aspiration of pneumothorax.

    The authors commented that data on complications of needle aspiration in spontaneous pneumothorax were limited. They cited one study on traumatic pneumothorax in which needle aspiration was associated with...

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    Haemorrhage after pneumothorax aspiration
    • Fiona C Rae, Specialist Registrar, Accident and Emergency

    Dear Edito

    I read with interest the case reports on massive intrathoracic haemorrhage after aspiration for spontaneous pneumothorax.

    It has always been my understanding that the reason for continuing to use the second intercostal space, mid-clavicular line (2ICS MCL) approach for these patients is more to do with convenience and ease of approach than for any scientific reason. Aspirating 2 litres may take c...

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