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Some months ago we had occasion to evacuate a pelvic abscess, and use a drainage tube as a means of thorough drainage. Not having at hand at the time a regular drainage tube, we constructed one out of a piece of plain (small size) rubber tubing. After being in the opening for several days we desired to replace it by another tube; we attempted to remove it, found that the opening in the tissues through which the tube had passed had contracted so as to hold tightly the tube, and although we made but slight traction, anticipating the possibility of the tube's breaking, to our extreme discomfort and dissatisfaction, we soon realized that our anticipations were realities, a portion of the tube, an inch in length, remaining within the pelvic cavity.
We succeeded in removing it by dilating the opening through which the tube was passed; then introducing a small
GETZ YWL. HINTS ON THE USE OF DRAINAGE TUBES. JAMA. 1885;IV(1):12. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390760020001b
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