Chest tube insertion

Alternative Names

Chest drainage tube insertion; Insertion of tube into chest; Tube thoracostomy

Definition of Chest tube insertion

A chest tube insertion involves the surgical placement of a hollow, flexible drainage tube into the chest.


James Lee, MD, Department of Surgery, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/12/2009

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