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Chest pain after chest tube removal?

Chest pain after chest tube removal?

Normal: Chest tubes are painful as it is, and when removed, residual pain is not common. If it doesn't get gradually better or you become acutely short of breathe, then a repeat chest xray would be needed. ...Read more

Chest Tube (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Chest tube removal hurt?

Some: Removing the tube is usually very well tolerated. While it may feel strange, it generally causes very little pain. ...Read more

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Chest tube recovery?

Chest tube recovery?

What is the question: Not quite sure I understand the question. ...Read more

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Does a chest tube hurt?

Does a chest tube hurt?

Depends: The small bore chest tubes inserted with a needle are much less painful than the large bore tubes that are inserted by making an incision and dissecting tissue down to the pleural. ...Read more

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How is a chest tube put in?

How is a chest tube put in?

Depends: There are 2 ways. The easiest way is to place it over a wire that's inserted through a needle. These work for almost every type of problem that requires a chest tube. The other way, is to make an incision, dissect down to the ribs and puncture the pleura and place the tube through the hole. This is much more involved and painful. ...Read more

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What is a chest tube used for?

What is a chest tube used for?

See below: It is used to drain fluids (blood, pus, pleural fluid) or air out of the pleural space. ...Read more

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Does it hurt when you remove a chest tube?

Not much: Much, much less then when it went in. There will be some discomfort, very little if any pain. ...Read more

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How long does pain last after a chest tube?

How long does pain last after a chest tube?

This is variable: Pain after a chest tube can be variable. Usually it will resolve within a week after it has been removed. I would want to know why it was needed in the first place. Is the pain really related to the chest tube or to the underlying reason why the chest tube was related. Intercostal nerves running under the ribs can possibly be injured by a chest tube but this is unusual. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: chest tube?

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. ...Read more

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When should a chest tube be removed during the ventillatory cycle?

When should a chest tube be removed during the ventillatory cycle?

At end inspiration: The patient should fully inspire to the point he/she is unable to breath in any more. Therefore, there is little risk for sucking air into the chest cavity during removal. Some people teach removal while exhaling (this creates positive pressure in chest). The risk here is that it is natural to breath in when experiencing pain. Thus, patient has more risk because he/she can suddenly suck air in. ...Read more

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I have left my chest tube wound open over night to help heal its been 3.5 weeks it's so painful underneath when will I feel better?

Post thoracotomy: Chest tube placement and other invasive chest wall procedures can lead to lasting pain. Talk to your physician about using a drug for neuropathic pain, which can reduce or eliminate the symptoms. ...Read more

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I have my chest tube wound its been three weeks it's still painfull around the area it's oozy but not smelly should it be started to heal abit better?

I have my chest tube wound its been three weeks it's still painfull around the area it's oozy but not smelly should it be started to heal abit better?

Wound care +: How quickly a wound like that heals depends on how well nourished you are, why you had the chest tube in the first place, and what sort of wound care you're getting. That said, by 3 weeks it should not still be "leaking" fluid. See your surgeon or pulmonologist and have them take a look. ...Read more

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I was told to keep my bandage over my chest tube hole clean and dry for 3 days. What should I do after those 3 days? Change the dressing or remove it?

I was told to keep my bandage over my chest tube hole clean and dry for 3 days. What should I do after those 3 days? Change the dressing or remove it?

Mgt: I would suggest assessment of the wound. If there is no drainage, swelling or excessive redness., it can be covered loosely with a bandage. If not, you should see your PCP. ...Read more

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How is a chest tube inserted? Does it hurt?

How is a chest tube inserted? Does it hurt?

Depends: There are 2 ways. The easiest way is to place it over a wire that's inserted through a needle. These work for almost every type of problem that requires a chest tube. The other way, is to make an incision, dissect down to the ribs and puncture the pleura and place the tube through the hole. This is much more involved and painful. Local anesthetics do not numb the pleural and deep tissues. ...Read more

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How does chest tube obstruction of the patient happen?

How does chest tube obstruction of the patient happen?

Many causes/workup: A chest tube may become obstructed when there is a clot or other substance blocking drainage. A chest radiograph can help determine if there is still fluid or a pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Does a chest tube leave a big scar?

Does a chest tube leave a big scar?

Small scar: Chest tubes are drains that are essential to restore full expansion of the lung and drain fluid off. In other words, they are life saving. Scarring from these tubes is minimal (less than 1 inch) and shouldn't be a concern considering the advantages. ...Read more

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