Which organs may be penetrated during a tube thoracostomy?

Updated: Feb 24, 2020
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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Organ penetration usually requires surgical repair. Specific organs may include the following:

  • Stomach, colon, or diaphragm - Occurs as a result of unrecognized diaphragmatic hernia

  • Lung - Occurs as a result of pleural adhesions or use of a thoracostomy tube trocar

  • Liver or spleen – See hemoperitoneum above

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