Is no drain after thoracoscopic major resection for cancer acceptable?

Katsuhiro Okuda, Katsuhiko Endo, Keisuke Yokota, Tsutomu Tatematsu, Ryoichi Nakanishi


Although there is a rough unified recommendation for the management of chest drainage tubes after major lung resection for lung cancer (1,2), there is no firm guideline. Therefore, in actuality, each general thoracic surgeon manages patients’ chest tubes based on their experience and the results of small-scale studies (3-5).