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A 41-year-old member asked:

can you speak with a chest tube in you?

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Dr. TED FEDER
Dr. TED FEDER answered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: A chest tube allows trapped air or fluid to escape and drain, thus allowing the lungs to expand. This should make it easier to talk.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
Yes: yes you can

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How is a chest tube put in?

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Dr. Vineet Choudhry
General Surgery 18 years experience
Through the ribs. : A chest tube is inserted by making a small incision on the side of the chest, usually along the same level as the nipple, and bluntly penetrating into the chest cavity over one of the ribs. This is done using a blunt instrument. Once the tract into the chest is created, the tube is inserted and tied in place. It is then attached to a canister that will drain the fluid or air from the chest cavity.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Chest tube recovery?

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Dr. Kathy Nieder
Family Medicine 40 years experience
What is the question: Not quite sure i understand the question.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long would a chest tube stay in pneumothorax?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
Few days: On average with a spontaneous ptx tubes only needed for a day or two. Sometimes u need an operation to fix the leak.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How long does a chest tube stay in for?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Variable: Until the pneumothorax or empyema is resolved.
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A 29-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: chest tube?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
See below: A chest tube (chest drain, thoracic catheter, tube thoracostomy, or intercostal drain) is a flexible plastic tube that is inserted through the chest wall and into the pleural space or mediastinum. It is used to remove air (pneumothorax[2]) or fluid (pleural effusion, blood, chyle), or pus (empyema) from the intrathoracic space. It is also known as a bülau drain or an intercostal catheter.

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