Are Pigtail catheters as safe and effective as chest tubes for the initial treatment of pneumothorax?

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Why is this study important?

There is a lack of evidence and consensus on the initial treatment approach to pneumothorax, whether it is pigtail catheter or large-bore chest tube. This study attempts to review and combine, via meta-analysis, the highest quality data currently available on the topic.

Which, if any, threats to validity are most likely to have an impact on the results and how?

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