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Chest Drainage Tube Insertion
Lung expansion: If you have a lung that can't expand fully, the chest tube helps to allow lung re-exansion. Fluid could be blocking expansion and a tube tube removes the fluid. If your lungs have a leak that prevents expansion, the negative pressure created by the chest tube suction inside the chest cavity allows the lung to stay expanded until the lung leak can heal itself. ...Read more
Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more
Maybe, maybe not: Fluid can develop around the lung for many reasons, most common being cancer, infection and heart failure. Most of the time when a chest tube or needle is used to drain the fluid, tests will be done to determine what caused the fluid to accumulate which will then determine what other treatment may be necessary. ...Read more
Same as its name : It is a tube inserted into chest cavity around the lung to drain air or fluid/blood/pus. After it is inserted the amount of fluid removed daily along with type of fluid plus almost daily chest x-ray will tell your doctor when it is ready to come out . In case of air leakage they will wait for air to stop before pulling it out as long as your x ray looks good. ...Read more
Depends on cause: It really depends on the cause of the effusion. For example, it can look very bloody if related to a hemothorax or complicated parapneumonic effusion, it can look like pus if due to an empyema, or it can even look milky if related to a chylothorax, in general, if due to pneumonia or malignancy it usually looks clear to yellowish with some blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chest drainage: It depends on the character of the effusion. Frequently malignant effusions will be bloody. Infectious effusions may be cloudy/pussy. Effusions from CHF are usually sort of beer colored. ...Read more
It's been a week and i still have a 10centimeter hole in my lung on february 3rd, 2012, i had an emergency pacemaker implanted and the surgery caused blood to fill up my left lung which collasped and after insertion of chest tubed it was drained and when
Question?: It sounds like you had a hemothorax (blood in the chest) after a pacemaker insertion, which is a possible complication. The chest tube was placed to drain the blood. The site of the chest tube closes over time. A 10cm hole in your lung would pretty much span the entire lung width. If the chest tube has been removed, the situation should resolve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'd like to get a tatoo. But i form keloids. I have one on my chest from my chemo port insertion and one on my neck from thyroid surgery.
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