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LISP - Longitudinal Investigation of Secondary Pneumothorax

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Longitudinal Investigation of Secondary Pneumothorax



  • Contact name

    Steven Walker

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Research and Innovation

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 6 months, 0 days

  • Research summary

    Secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (SSP) is a medical emergency where an abnormal collection of air develops in the space between the lung and the chest wall, causing lung collapse. This occurs in patients with existing lung disease such as Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the UK, patients with SSP are usually treated by inserting a drain into the chest to remove the air. The drain is stitched in place and left until the air is completely removed. The drain typically remains in place for over a week, leading to long hospital stays. Sometimes these patients need surgery to help stop the air leaking into the lung, but many are not fit for major surgery.
    We do not have data from UK patients about key consequences of developing a secondary spontaneous pneumothorax. We don’t know how long patients stay in hospital, how many have surgery, or how many develop complications. With this information we can better plan for care and help our patients make informed decisions, but also look at why some patients stay longer in hospital or need to have surgery. We have included feedback from patients in the design of this study; they told us that length of hospital stay was really important and also that they want treatments that aren’t painful.
    We will recruit patients admitted to hospital with SSP across the UK over a 12-month period. We will collect routine data from their medical records, such as age, medical history, length of stay. All data will be collected as part of the patients’ routine care.
    Results from this study will be written up in journals and presented at conferences and will help to decide how best to manage patients with SSP.

  • REC name

    South West - Frenchay Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    2 Dec 2022

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion

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