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Chest Tube (Overview)

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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What are the effects of chest tube insertion?

What are the effects of chest tube insertion?

Lung reinflation: Chest tubes are inserted to reinflate the lung after surgery or injury has caused them to deflate. They can also be used to drain fluid or pus from around the lung. Complications are very rare. ...Read more

Chest Tube (Overview)

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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I had a spontaneous full lung collapse 5months ago. I'm having sharp pain exactly where the chest tube was and shoots up my shoulder. Should i go 2 er?

I had a spontaneous full lung collapse 5months ago. I'm having sharp pain exactly where the chest tube was and shoots up my shoulder. Should i go 2 er?

Depends: Unless you have something urgent like a high fever or a red +/- draining wound or trouble breathing, i don't think the er is necessary. Instead, you should make an appointment to see the doctor who treated you for the lung collapse. Good luck! ...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've recently had a lung biopsy and chest tube (icc). Is it safe to fly overseas?

I've recently had a lung biopsy and chest tube (icc).  Is it safe to fly overseas?

Discussion: In general, many centers advise no flying, high altitude travel, scuba diving, etc... For six weeks after lung biopsy. The risk and/or specific recommendations will greatly depend on what type of lung biopsy was performed. Each patient is an individual. The right answer must come from honest open discussion between you and your thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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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 doesnt get gradually better or you become acutely short of breathe, then a repeat chest xray would be needed. ...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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Lung has collapsed after having heart attack chest tube not working. What next?

Lung has collapsed after having heart attack chest tube not working. What next?

Another or: Presumably you or your loved one are in an ICU at this point. What happens next depends on why the chest tube isn't working. Anotherr chest tube may be placed, the breathing tube may be moved so that only one lung is ventilated and a surgical repair attempted, etc. Your surgeon or your intensivist should tell your their plans. ...Read more

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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?

The placement of: A chest tube usually does cause pain. ...Read more

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