Needle aspiration versus intercostal tube drainage for pneumothorax in the newborn.

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Pneumothorax occurs more frequently in the neonatal period than at any other time of life and is associated with increased mortality and morbidity. It may be treated with either needle aspiration or insertion of a chest tube. The former consists of aspiration of air with a syringe through a needle or an angiocatheter, usually through the second or third intercostal space in the midclavicular line. The chest tube is usually placed in the anterior pleural space passing through the sixth intercostal space into the pleural opening, turned anteriorly and directed to the location of the pneumothorax, and then connected to a Heimlich valve or an underwater seal with continuous suction.


External organisations
  • Azienda Ligure Sanitaria della Regione Liguria (
  • Gaslini Children's Hospital
  • National Maternity Hospital Dublin
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Pediatrics
Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD011724
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch