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Chest Tube Drainage or Thoracoscopic Surgery for Failed Aspiration of Spontaneous Pneumothorax

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2012 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Department of Health, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)
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National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier:
First received: July 9, 2008
Last updated: December 13, 2012
Last verified: November 2012
We hypothesize that VATS is more effective than CTD for management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax with aspiration failure. To this end, we will compare two groups of patients who had experienced unsuccessful aspiration of primary spontaneous pneumothorax stratified by treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pneumothorax Procedure: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery Procedure: chest tube drainage Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comparison of Chest Tube Drainage Versus Thoracoscopic Surgery for Unsuccessful Aspiration of Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax: a Prospective Randomized Trial

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Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparing the number of days in hospital, after intervention, of each group. [ Time Frame: within one month ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Short-term outcome, including number of days with chest drainage, total hospital stay, short-term failure rate of assigned treatment, adverse events, pain score, mean dose of meperidine requested. [ Time Frame: within one month ]
  • Long-term outcome, including recurrence rate and long-term failure rate of assigned treatment [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  • Total costs of each patients in assigned treatment. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: April 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2013
Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Surgery: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
Procedure: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
VATS for bullectomy and mechanical pleurodesis
Active Comparator: 2
Chest tube drainage
Procedure: chest tube drainage
Chest tube drainage for pneumothroax

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Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years to 50 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age between 15 and 50 years old.
  2. First episode of spontaneous pneumothorax.
  3. The rim of air is > 2cm on CXR requiring simple aspiration
  4. Aspiration as the initial treatment
  5. Failed to achieve lung expansion following repeat manual aspiration

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Complete or nearly complete and persistent lung expansion immediately following manual aspiration
  2. With underlying pulmonary disease (TB, asthma, etc)
  3. With hemothorax or tension pneumothorax requiring chest tube insertion or operation
  4. A history of previous pneumothorax
  5. A history of previous ipsilateral thoracic operation
  6. Pregnant or lactation female
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00713362

Contact: Jin-Shing Chen, MD.,PhD 886-2-23123456 ext 65178

Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Recruiting
Taipei county, Taiwan
Contact: Kung-Tsao Tsai, MD    886-917925017   
Principal Investigator: Kung-Tsao Tsai, MD         
National Taiwan University Hospital Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Contact: Jin-Shing Chen, MD, PhD    886-2-23123456 ext 5178   
Principal Investigator: Jin-Shing Chen, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Department of Health, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)
Study Chair: Yung-Chie Lee, MD, PhD National Taiwan University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT00713362     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 200801030R
Study First Received: July 9, 2008
Last Updated: December 13, 2012

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
Aspiration, chest tube, pneumothorax, thoracoscopic surgery

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pleural Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017