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Table 2 Results for chest tube tip cultures and postoperative infections

From: Diagnostic value of routine chest tube tip culture in surgery for noninfectious lung disease

Chest tube tip cultures Postoperative infection
(n = 42)
No postoperative infection
(n = 168)
Postoperative infectionsa
SSI
(n = 8)
Pneumonia
(n = 36)
Empyema
(n = 2)
Positive 13 28 6 9 2
Negative 29 140 2 27 0
  1. The table results in the following estimates of accuracy for prediction of postoperative infections using a chest tube tip culture: sensitivity 31%, specificity 83%, positive predictive value 32% and negative predictive value 83%
  2. SSI, Surgical site infection
  3. aIn 2 patients 2 types of infections developed and in 1 patient 3 types of infections developed