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what does "icc" stand for with regards to a tension pneumothorax treatment?

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Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatric Pulmonology 21 years experience
Intercostal catheter: Icc stands for intercostal catheter that is used to drain the air out of the chest in case of a tension pneumothorax. This tube is inserted in the space between ribs to reach the inside of chest cavity on the involved side & the other end of this tube is kept under water seal with/without suctioning to completely drain the air out of chest cavity. It is left in place until pneumothorax resolves.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Fascinating, I have never seen or used that abbreviation. CT for chest tube BUT we are all encouraged to avoid these due to potential confusion. Only a few
Jul 11, 2013
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Unusual: Another reported inter costal catheter icc usually chest tube, tube thoracostomy, are the treatments with a catheter placed between ribs into space of pneumothorax.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can I treat tension pneumothorax?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
EMERGENCY chest tube: A tension pneumothorax is a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate treatment to prevent death. This is caused by chest trauma leading to collapse of the lung. If left untreated, the pressure in the chest cavity causes compression of the veins returning blood to the heart, leading to cardiovascular collapse and death. This is easily treated by placing a chest tube.
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How do you know who is most likely to get tension pneumothorax?

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Dr. Philip Ovadia
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
Size of air leak: Pnuemothorax (ptx) occurs when air escapes from the lung causing the lung to collapse. This may occur after an injury to the lung or if a outpouching of the lung (a bleb) ruptures. If too much air leaks out, the pressure in the chest can build up to the point that pressure is put on the heart and large blood vessels in the chest and cause tension ptx. This can be fatal if not treated promptly.
A 43-year-old member asked:

In regards to a tension pneumothorax, what does it stand for?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 38 years experience
Dangerous condition: A tension pneumothorax occurs when there is a hole and air escapes from the lung into the space between the lung and chest wall and does not go back into the lung. As the air escapes from the lung, the pressure builds up in the space between the lung and chest wall (the pleural space). As the pressure builds "tension"-the high pressure buildup) and it can put pressure on the heart.
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How debilitating is a tension pneumothorax?

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Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 39 years experience
Can be deadly: Tension pneumothorax occurs when pressure builds up in one side of the chest and collapses the lung. This is rapidly fatal and is treated as an emergency. Once it is released, a tube is left in the chest for a few days. After it is removed, people usually recover completely.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: tension pneumothorax?

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Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Tension pneumothorax: Pneumothorax literally mean gas (air) in the thorax, especially in the space around the lungs. What distinguishes a tension pneumothorax is that the gas is under pressure. This leads to rapid collapse of the lung and can squeeze the heart, leading inability of the heart to pump blood, hypotension and death. Tension pneumothorax requires rapid medical treatement to vent the pressurized gas.

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