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Cirugía paraguaya

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ZELADA-ALVAREZ, Ismael Isaac  and  CHAPARRO-MANCUELLO, Alba Marina. Knowledge on placement criteria and management of pleural drainage tube in different conditions by residents of different medical specialties, Hospital de Clínicas. Year 2021. Cir. parag. [online]. 2023, vol.47, n.1, pp.7-11. ISSN 2307-0420.


With the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, an exponential increase of respiratory conditions was seen and associated with it, the arrival of several pleural conditions as a complication of respiratory conditions like the placement of pleural drainage.


to assess the know-how regarding criteria for placing and managing pleural drainage in residents from different medical specialties at Hospital de Clínicas, Paraguay.

Materials and methods:

Non-probability convenience sampling method was used including a survey of all residents from Hospital de Clínicas, Paraguay.


A total of 185 residents responded to the survey. It showed that 23.2% (43) would place pleural drainage to treat malignant pleural effusion, 86% to treat tension pneumothorax, and only 1.6% (3) to treat a pneumothorax with clinical repercussions although the latter is the most solid indication for placing a chest tube drain system (CDS).


there is still controversy on the indications for placing a pleural drainage and prescribing treatment.

Keywords : Chest; Pleural cavity; Pleura; Pleural effusion; Thoracostomy..

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