The management of chest tubes after pulmonary lobectomy—driven by dogma or by science?

Hiran C. Fernando


The management of chest-tubes after lobectomy varies widely, with differing practices between centers and even between physicians practicing within the same center. It is one of those areas in thoracic surgery that has largely been driven by experiences during training, and to a greater extent by surgical dogma rather than based on the results of randomized trials.