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Pigtail Catheter Versus Chest Tube in the Management of Traumatic 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 February 2012 by Narong Kulvatunyou, University of Arizona.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: February 23, 2012
Last Update Posted: October 12, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Narong Kulvatunyou, University of Arizona

A small 14-French(F) pigtail catheter (PC) has been shown to work equally well with traditional 32-40F chest tube (CT), especially in traumatic pneumothorax.

There are no clinical data on tube-site pain. The investigators hypothesize that PC tube site pain is less than CT.

Condition Intervention Phase
Traumatic Pneumothorax Device: Pigtail catheter insertion (Cook) Device: chest tube (28-French) Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Prospective Randomized Study of 14-French (14F) Pigtail Catheters Versus 28F Chest Tubes in Patients With Traumatic Pneumothorax: Impact on Tube-Site Pain and Failure Rate

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Further study details as provided by Narong Kulvatunyou, University of Arizona:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Tube-site pain, pain medication requirement [ Time Frame: day 0, 1, 2 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • failure rate [ Time Frame: patients will be followed for the duration of hospital stay, an expected average of 2 weeks ]
  • Insertion-related complication [ Time Frame: day 0 ]

Estimated Enrollment: 38
Study Start Date: July 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Pigtail catheter Device: Pigtail catheter insertion (Cook)
insertion of pigtail catheter to decompress pneumothorax
Other Name: Cook Critical Care, Cook Incorporated, Bloomington, IN)
Active Comparator: Traditional chest tube
28-French chest tube
Device: chest tube (28-French)
inserting chest tube to decompress pneumothorax
Other Name: 28-French chest tube

Detailed Description:

Primary outcome: - Tube site pain

  • Pain medication requirement

Secondary outcome: failure rate insertion-related complication


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years old and above
  • Suffer traumatic pneumothorax that requires chest tube insertion

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Emergency chest tube insertion
  • patient refuses
  • patient is unable to provide or rate pain assessment
  • prisoner
  • pregnancy
  • patient with GCS less than 13
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01537289

United States, Arizona
University of Ariznoa Medican Center, Main campus Recruiting
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85724
Contact: Narong Kulvatunyou, MD    520-626-6302    nkulvatunyou@surgery.arizona.edu   
Contact: Coy Collins, RN    520-626-2876    ccollins@surgery.arizona.edu   
Principal Investigator: Narong Kulvatunyou, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: narong kulvatunyou, MD University of Arizona
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Narong Kulvatunyou, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01537289     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10-0405-03
First Submitted: February 9, 2012
First Posted: February 23, 2012
Last Update Posted: October 12, 2017
Last Verified: February 2012

Keywords provided by Narong Kulvatunyou, University of Arizona:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pleural Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases