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Companion Animal Practice
Chest drains and drainage techniques
  1. Alexandra Dugdale

    Alexandra Dugdale graduated from Cambridge University in 1990. She then spent six years in mixed practice in Lancashire followed by a three-year residency in anaesthesia and critical care at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. She is currently working as a temporary lecturer in veterinary anaesthesia at Liverpool veterinary school. She holds the certificate in veterinary anaesthesia.


THIS article discusses the anatomy and physiology of the thorax and considers the conditions requiring chest drainage. The techniques of needle thoracentesis and tube thoracostomy are described, followed by a discussion of patient aftercare and potential problems.

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