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- elective thoracic surgery pts
- US guided
- measurements by consultant, lines by a resident
- randomised bevel up or down
- end point was rate of post wall haematoma by US after the procedure- and this is the key point – there’s no definition of what a haematoma was. They give a picture as an example but I don’t know what it means
- n = 338
- 6 v 17 post wall haematomas favouring bevel down approach
- rates of success and everything else equal
So it seems bevel down is better. Though it worries me that there was no attempt to define what a haematoma is.
I suspect (though I honestly wouldn’t be sure) that I’m a bevel up person normally, but this would make me think of changing my mind.