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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 (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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What are the effects of a chest tube insertion?

What are the effects of a chest 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

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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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Chest tube removal hurt?

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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How is a chest tube put in?

How is a chest tube put in?

Through the ribs. : A chest tube is inserted by making a small incision on the side of the chest, usually along the same level as the nipple, and bluntly penetrating into the chest cavity over one of the ribs. This is done using a blunt instrument. Once the tract into the chest is created, the tube is inserted and tied in place. It is then attached to a canister that will drain the fluid or air from the chest cavity. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: chest tube?

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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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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Can you speak with a chest tube in you?

Can you speak with a chest tube in you?

Yes: A chest tube allows trapped air or fluid to escape and drain, thus allowing the lungs to expand. This should make it easier to talk. ...Read more

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How long would a chest tube stay in pneumothorax?

How long would a chest tube stay in pneumothorax?

Few days: On average with a spontaneous ptx tubes only needed for a day or two. Sometimes u need an operation to fix the leak. ...Read more