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Is it possible a collapsed lung will heal without a chest tube?

Is it possible a collapsed lung will heal without a chest tube?

Only if very small: Only if very small, and does not get bigger with serial cxr. Air in the pleural space (pneumothorax) gets smaller by 1% every day if the lung is not actively leaking. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Can you restore a collapsed lung without a chest tube?

Can you restore a collapsed lung without a chest tube?

Only small ones.: Collapsed lungs ("pneumothorax") are very common after trauma and make occur spontaneously, often due to small blebs on the lung. In the era of ct scans, we find many, many pneumothoraces that would have been way too small to be seen on traditional chest x-ray. If it is small (~15-20%) and not associated with shortness of breath, a repeat x-ray will show resolution w/o rx most of the time. ...Read more

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I had a collapsed lung a week ago what is that redish liquid coming out of the chest tube.

I had a collapsed lung a week ago what is that redish liquid coming out of the chest tube.

Normal: The body normally makes significant pleural fluid each day. It is produced on the parietal pleura (chestwall) side and absorbed or drains through the visceral pleura (lung lining) into the lymph vessels of the lung. The chest tube drains some of this fluid before it is absorbed. It can be mildly blood tinged so it can be kool-aid colored. http://goo.gl/myn9nj. ...Read more

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I had a collapsed lung and I have a chest tube on me right now. I'm wondering if it's normal if the tube is filled with a redish liquid?

I had a collapsed lung and I have a chest tube on me right now. I'm wondering if it's normal if the tube is filled with a redish liquid?

Discuss w your doc: It would be expected to have a little blood in the pleural fluid right after the chest tube is placed. Depending on the causes of how your lung is collapsed, a little blood that makes the fluid look reddish can be expected or it is a cause for concern. Best way is to discuss it with your attending physician or your floor nurse. Hope you have a quick recovery. ...Read more

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Does inserting a chest tube for a collapsed lung caused by a gsw immediately inflate the lung again?

Does inserting a chest tube for a collapsed lung  caused by a gsw immediately inflate the lung again?

Chest Tube: Inserting a chest can and usually reinflates the lung immediately. It is left in place on suction for a few days in order to let the hole/leak on the lung to heal. It is also useful for draining fluid or blood that may be present around the lung. ...Read more

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I had a collapsed lung a week ago. I have a chest tube that is leaking a reddish liquid. What is it and is it normal?

I had a collapsed lung a week ago. I have a chest tube that is leaking a reddish liquid. What is it and is it normal?

Likely: Sounds like ur home and the leakage is around the tube site? In either case, some leakage is normal. Redness around the catheter site, increasing pain, shortness or breath, fever/chills are not normal and u need to call ur doc. ...Read more

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Collapsed lunghad markers placed in liver 3 weeks ago had collapsed lung , treatment chest tube, could it reoccur?

Unlikely: If due to the test and needles , it is unlikely to recur. Spontaneous pneumo does have a significant spontaneous recurrence rate. ...Read more

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How can a pneumothorax occur at the apex of the lung after wedge resection? Chest tube still in place since 1/15/15.

How can a pneumothorax occur at the apex of the lung after wedge resection?  Chest tube still in place since 1/15/15.

Not healed: The pneumothorax refers to air within your pulmonary cavity, external to your lung. This occurs during surgery when the pulmonary cavity was opened up to resect a part of your lung. The chest tube under suction is an attempt to drain this air and fluid until everything is healed. It just suggests things are not completely healed yet. At some point, there are other options for intervention . ...Read more

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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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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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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

The collection of air or gas in the space inside the chest around the lungs, which leads ...Read more