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1. (WO2013123338) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PLEURAL FLUID

Pub. No.:    WO/2013/123338    International Application No.:    PCT/US2013/026362
Publication Date: Fri Aug 23 01:59:59 CEST 2013 International Filing Date: Sat Feb 16 00:59:59 CET 2013
IPC: A61B 5/08
A61B 5/091
Applicants: BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
Inventors: MISERLIS, Dimitrios
CLUFF, Kim
KELLY, Abby, M.
HIGGINS, Suzanne, J.
TWEDT, Max, Hopkins
Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PLEURAL FLUID
Abstract:
The disclosure is directed to intrapleural air leak detection and monitoring. According to various embodiments of the disclosure, an air leak may be detected utilizing at least one sensor to determine whether fluid extracted from a pleural cavity of a patient includes carbon dioxide and/or a second substance. The second substance may be a foreign substance inhaled by the patient to confirm presence of the air leak. The air leak may be further monitored over a period of time by collecting temporally successive measurements associated with detected concentrations of carbon dioxide. Therefore, tissue damage and recovery may be assessed according to objectively collected criteria.