How to distinguish an active air leak from a pleural space effect

Rita Daniela Marasco, Gabriella Giudice, Cosimo Lequaglie

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Aim: We aimed to distinguish a pleural space effect from an active air leak, using a digital chest drain system that provided continuous air flow and pleural pressure checks. Methods: between March 2010 and October 2011, we employed 144 digital drains for 138 thoracic surgical procedures. Results: We observed 18 (12.5%) active air leaks, among which 4 (2.8%) were prolonged air leaks characterized by high differential pleural pressure due to increased mean expiratory pressure (>1 cm H2O; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)682-688
Number of pages7
JournalAsian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • Chest tubes
  • Drainage
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Pneumothorax
  • Postoperative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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