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Is chest drain insertion and fibrinolysis therapy equivalent to video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery to treat children with parapneumonic effusions?

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  • Contributors AD—establishment of search terms, independent review of papers for inclusion/exclusion, independent review of data and drafting of the manuscript. ACJB—independent review of papers for inclusion/exclusion, independent review of data, cover letter, review, submission and updating of the manuscript. CB—independent review of papers for inclusion/exclusion and review of the manuscript.

  • Funding Dr Amedine Duret is supported by an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship and acknowledges infrastructure support for this research from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

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