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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?

How long: Has it been out? If early it could still be inflammation. If late it can be thickened scar tissue around nerves or neuromas. Lots of nerves sit by the ribs so it can take a while. Also placing a chest tube is done by creating a hole through the muscle as well. This muscle healing may take time too. ...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 bülau 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.

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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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I had a chest tube 4mths ago for pericardial window & now I have pain in that area. Scar tissue? Adhesion? Is pain normal to start this far out?

I had a chest tube 4mths ago for pericardial window & now I have pain in that area. Scar tissue? Adhesion? Is pain normal to start this far out?

It would not be: Surprising to have some residual discomfort due to adhesions, retractions or scarring. It is unlikely to be infection. If the discomfort persists it would be worth a visit to your health care provider to be examined. ...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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What is a chest tube used for?

What is a chest tube used for?

See below: It is used to drain fluids (blood, pus, pleural fluid) or air out of the pleural space. ...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?

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?

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

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What is and how would a procedure called chest tube drainage be handled?

What is and how would a procedure called chest tube drainage be handled?

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

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Does a chest tube hurt?

Does a chest tube hurt?

Depends: The small bore chest tubes inserted with a needle are much less painful than the large bore tubes that are inserted by making an incision and dissecting tissue down to the pleural. ...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?

Depends: There are 2 ways. The easiest way is to place it over a wire that's inserted through a needle. These work for almost every type of problem that requires a chest tube. The other way, is to make an incision, dissect down to the ribs and puncture the pleura and place the tube through the hole. This is much more involved and painful. ...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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Chest pain after chest tube removal?

Normal: Chest tubes are painful as it is, and when removed, residual pain is not common. If it doesn't get gradually better or you become acutely short of breathe, then a repeat chest xray would be needed. ...Read more

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How is a chest tube inserted? Does it hurt?

How is a chest tube inserted? Does it hurt?

Depends: There are 2 ways. The easiest way is to place it over a wire that's inserted through a needle. These work for almost every type of problem that requires a chest tube. The other way, is to make an incision, dissect down to the ribs and puncture the pleura and place the tube through the hole. This is much more involved and painful. Local anesthetics do not numb the pleural and deep tissues. ...Read more

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How does chest tube obstruction of the patient happen?

How does chest tube obstruction of the patient happen?

Many causes/workup: A chest tube may become obstructed when there is a clot or other substance blocking drainage. A chest radiograph can help determine if there is still fluid or a pneumothorax. ...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


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more