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Chest tube recovery?

Chest tube recovery?

What is the question: Not quite sure i understand the question. ...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 b├╝lau drain ...Read more


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Clear sinus drainage, breath throughnose, sinus rinse no problem, but dizziness, ears clicking when swallowing, fluid behind ear noinfection.Allergie?

Clear sinus drainage, breath throughnose, sinus rinse no problem, but dizziness, ears clicking when swallowing, fluid behind ear noinfection.Allergie?

Fluid: It sounds like you may have fluid in your eustachian tubes. As your sinuses are clear, avoid the rinses and try Valsalva manoeuvres to try and open them up. If not see ENT. All the best. ...Read more

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Chest tube insertion to drain fluid in lungs - is that usually a cancer sign?

Chest tube insertion to drain fluid in lungs - is that usually a cancer sign?

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

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What would cause atelectasis with effusions 24 hours after percutaneous liver biopsy? Both lungs. Chest pain.

What would cause atelectasis with effusions 24 hours after percutaneous liver biopsy? Both lungs. Chest pain.

Worry about bleed: See your doctor - with the biopsy we worry about bleeding of the liver or other tissue. Uncertain why you are on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). This medicine could be used to treat other conditions that you have and these other conditions could be causing these changes ...Read more

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Sinus ear issues. Many surgeries, scans &tests. No relief. Can turbinate affect eustachian tube function? One inferior turbinate swollen sore & red

Sinus ear issues.  Many surgeries, scans &tests.  No relief.  Can turbinate affect eustachian tube function?  One inferior turbinate swollen sore & red

Eustachian Tube: Hello, your case seems very complex. A simple answer is to say yes in that etd and turbinate dysfunction do co-exist in mucosal disease. The lining is the same and one condition can cause problems in both areas. A second opinion may be a good choice to get a fresh view of your condition. Before your appointment, gather your scans, office notes and test results for the new doctor. They'll thank you. ...Read more

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Could heart bypass surgery require opening up of the chest?

Could heart bypass surgery require opening up of the chest?

Yes: Most CABG procedures still require opening the sternum (breastbone) to some degree. While thorascopic surgery is done, it is not mainstream, and usually requires an access thoracotomy (small incision) for completion. ...Read more

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Blocked ear tube removed due to Autophony pulsatile tinnitus Tube was sitting on ear drum surface no hole after removal. Could tube be symptom cause?

Blocked ear tube removed due to Autophony pulsatile tinnitus Tube was sitting on ear drum surface no hole after removal. Could tube be symptom cause?

TINNITUS/VERTIGO: IF THE SYMPTOMS DISAPPEARED, IT MAY HAVE BEEN FROM THE TUBE. Make sure you have a through ENT consult and Neuro consult. Get a second opinion full lab work up TFTS/VITD/B12/ Folate/LYME TITERS/ACEI LEVEL/. Mri of brain and spinal cord if symptoms persist or worsen. Also start low salt &GF diet WholeApproach.com ...Read more

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Home treatment to remove excess phelgam or mucus in lungs and trachea wind pipe?

Home treatment to remove excess phelgam or mucus in lungs and trachea wind pipe?

Steam: Steam inhalation might be a good way to loosen secretion. Do not however use steam from a direct source like a keetle -you will be burned. ...Read more

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Advanced pan can. No more chemo, 3 months. Bile duct blocked. drainage tube. Home care nurse. High fever. IV antibiotics. Life expectancy?

Advanced pan can. No more chemo, 3 months. Bile duct blocked. drainage tube. Home care nurse. High fever. IV antibiotics. Life expectancy?

Hard to say: Each patient and each cancer has its own characteristics and it is not possible to predict the life expectancy with accuracy. You may consult this site for general information on the topic. http://www.pancreatic.org/site/c.htJYJ8MPIwE/b.5050503/k.40C9/Pancreatic_Cancer_Facts.htm ...Read more

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Can enlarged adnoids cause stuffy nose in 3yo. Cough, draining. Choking at night due to drainage. ?

Can enlarged adnoids cause stuffy nose in 3yo. Cough, draining. Choking at night due to drainage. ?

Yes: Enlarged adenoids can definitely cause a chronic stuffy nose, along with sleep disturbances and apnea. If she suffers from hay fever as well, this can make the situation worse. I would take a short video of her sleeping with the choking to show her pediatrician. Please have her evaluated as soon as possible...She will feel so much better and well rested once this is addressed and taken care of! ...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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Toddler aspirates up to honey thickness&gets pneumonia&chronic h-flu ear infections. (Has tubes) Is it possible ear drainage is getting to lungs?

Toddler aspirates up to honey thickness&gets pneumonia&chronic h-flu ear infections. (Has tubes) Is it possible ear drainage is getting to lungs?

No ear drainage asp-: -iration- The ear canals don't drain to the throat/mouth. Certainly any nasal/sinus drainage runs the risk of winding up in the lungs. Coughing is our body's way of attempting to keep the secretions formed in the back of the throat and sinuses out of the airways. ...Read more

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59 yr old female. Ear pain, bad pressure, malformed eustachian tube. Need tube in ear. Hate needles. Are any needles involved? Help

59 yr old female. Ear pain, bad pressure, malformed eustachian tube. Need tube in ear.  Hate needles.
Are any needles involved?  Help

Ear tube: This involves a cut in your ear drum. This can be done with a topical anesthesia but you must hold still. If you cannot and are very nervous this can be done under general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Sore throat, no nasal congestion or chest congestion, ears feel clogged and body is achy ?

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Sore throat, no nasal congestion or chest congestion, ears feel clogged and body is achy ?

? Viral infection: rest as much as you can, use acetaminophen unless you can't, more fluids, hot or cold, salt water gargles, if not better in a day or two, see your doctor ...Read more

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How alveloe in lungs fills with fluid by bacterial infection during pneumonia ?

How alveloe in lungs fills with fluid by bacterial infection during pneumonia ?

Pneumonia: The fluid filling the alveolus, secondary to infection, is quite simply pus/ purulence that develops as white blood cells kill the infectant. A good amount of damage to alveolar cells also occurs due to proteins released from white blood cells designed to recruit more cells to area of infection, creating breaks in cell lining. This causes increased swelling/ fluid leak into air spaces. ...Read more

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Lightheaded, headaches; sinus pressure. Ears feel blocked and sometimes ache. Nasal congestion like the airways are narrowing for 2 months. Sinusitis?

Lightheaded, headaches; sinus pressure. Ears feel blocked and sometimes ache. Nasal congestion like the airways are narrowing for 2 months. Sinusitis?

Good guess: I agree with you. You should quit smoking NOW otherwise improving your sinusitis will be VERY DIFFICULT. You should be under the care of your primary care and/or ENT physician. If you continue to smoke you are letting your self in for a very uncomfortable future with worse headaches and running into possible ear nose & throat cancer. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

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