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My chest tube scar is still so painfull why is this?

My chest tube scar is still so painfull why is this?

Hypertrophic??`: If a scar has become hypertrophic or has become a keloid scar, they can become quite painful. One should have their doctor evaluate this. Sometimes a local steroid injection into the area can be effective. ...Read more

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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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How easy is it to get a chest tube scar flattened? I had ohs when i was 8 and I am now 43

How easy is it to get a chest tube scar flattened? I had ohs when i was 8 and I am now 43

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck! ...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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After a chest tube has been removed do u always end up with a big round scar? Mine is circular I wondered why it was stitched straight for me x

After a chest tube has been removed do u always end up with a big round scar? Mine is circular I wondered why it was stitched straight for me  x

Often a round shape: Chest tubes are round, and depending on the location/duration the tube was in place, a hypertrophic round scar may result even if a stitch or two was placed at the time of removal. Relatively simple matter to revise and convert to a more linear scar. Chest wall is moving often, making some stretch-relaxation of maturing scars a bit problematic. ...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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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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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

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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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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

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more