Management of a giant fluid-filled bulla by closed-chest thoracostomy tube drainage

Lawrence S. Kirschuer, William Stauffer, Charles Krenzel, Peter G. Duane

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A 53-year-old man was admitted to the hospital for management of pneumonia and a giant fluid-filled bulla. He appeared acutely ill and had persistent fever despite prolonged therapy with parenteral antibiotics and aggressive bronchial drainage. Percutaneous placement of an 8.5F catheter into the bulla enabled drainage of both fluid and air within the bulla and led to resolution of his symptoms within 24 h. This report demonstrates that drainage of giant fluid-filled bullae may lead to rapid resolution of symptoms and describes a novel management technique for this condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1772-1774
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997


  • Bullae
  • Closed thoracostomy tube drainage
  • Fluid-containing bullae


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