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HPB Surgery
Volume 11, Issue 2, Pages 71-74
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/1998/87539

Evacuation of the Pleural Cavity With an Infant Feeding Catheter Following en Bloc Resection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Involved Diaphragm–an Institutional Experience

Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Received 20 March 1997

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Abstract

En bloc resection of hepatocellular carcinoma and the involved diaphragm will, towards the end of operation, require evacuation of the pleural cavity, usually with a chest drain. We describe our method and experience of evacuating the pleural cavity, at the time of diaphragmatic repair, with an infant feeding catheter without the need of a chest drain. We have found the method safe and efficacious.