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Doctor insights on: Draining Fluid From Lungs Procedure

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How involved is the operation is it to drain fluid from your lungs at the hospital?

How involved is the operation is it to drain fluid from your lungs at the hospital?

Complications: If your procedure goes well, no complications, it is a simple procedure. However, this procedure carries risk for pneumothorax by its nature. Pneumothorax is a potentially life threatening complication of lung tap, easily treated with a chest tube: available at the hospital. Risk of this complication is low, but being done in hospital is smart and safe. ...Read more

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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What would cause dark fluid drained from both lungs, having also a severe blood infection?

What would cause dark fluid drained from both lungs, having also a severe blood infection?

The infection itself: Very hard to answer with just the details given but if there was a pneumonia with the bloodstream infection, it could have been a parapneumonic effusion which is inflammatory fluid between the lungs and the chest wall (the pleural space).

In sepsis and bloodstream infections, if large amounts of IV fluids are given, it is very common for fluid to accumulate in the pleural space.

Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How does a chest tube drain fluid in the lung?

How does a chest tube drain fluid in the lung?

Suction: When chest tubes are attached to a vacuum, the pressure inside the tube is lower than the pressure inside your chest and it drains fluid out. ...Read more

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My mother went to the hospital to have fluid drained from her lungs is it comon for the drs to medically induce you in a coma?

My mother went to the hospital to have fluid drained from her lungs is it comon for the drs to medically induce you in a coma?

Cases differ: It is unlikely that the only problem is just fluids on the lungs, there is more, and doctors deal with what they face at the time when they deal with a case. Your mother's condition warranted a specific measure according to the doctors' judgement at that moment, trust your doctors and their judgement they definitely want the best for your mother, wish you all the best ...Read more

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Mom is 69. Fluid drained from lungs 2 weeks ago. Diagnosis of adenocarcinoma. O2 stat at 92-93. Ok to wait to call Doctor in morning?

Mom is 69. Fluid drained from lungs 2 weeks ago. Diagnosis of adenocarcinoma. O2 stat at 92-93. Ok to wait to call Doctor in morning?

Symptoms?: Oxygen saturation is fine. What are her symptoms? Make also sure that Palliative Care gets involved early based on treatment plans. Reason is twice, improved symptom control and better understanding of goals of care. I do not see any reason to call the doctor right away, however a timely followup will definitely help. ...Read more

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In & out of hospitals for 4 mths. No doctor can diagnose. Has fluid that's been drained from right lung and it is back. Docs say lobectomy. Please help?

In & out of hospitals for 4 mths. No doctor can diagnose. Has fluid that's been drained from right lung and it is back. Docs say lobectomy. Please help?

TALK TO SPECIALIST: Pleural fluid in other words fluid around the lung initially is drain by way of a needle (thoracentesis). If it reaccumulates a draining chest tube might be placed and then sealed with talc or other medication. This is called pleurodesis. Treatment depends on the cause, talk to a Pulmonologist & Cardiothoracic surgeon to review your options. ...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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Had endocarditis and one valve replaces one repaired. Had fluid drained off my heart 3 days ago. What can I expect as far as chest tightness, fatigue?

Had endocarditis and one valve replaces one repaired. Had fluid drained off my heart 3 days ago. What can I expect as far as chest tightness, fatigue?

Depends: Was the heart surgery recent? You could have postpericardiotomy syndrome: fluid accumulating around the heart as a reaction to surgery. Treatment can include drainage and medication. Some chest discomfort can be expected for few days after. However, fluid can reaccumulate. Contact your cardiologist. A cardiac ultrasound can determine if fliuid is reaccumulating. ...Read more

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Do my sinuses drain into my lungs?

Do my sinuses drain into my lungs?

Possibly: If you have sinus drainage, while yo sleep you can aspirate this drainage into your lungs causing bronchitis or pneumonia. ...Read more

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If someone is suffered from lung water, how severe is it? What treatment is best for it either drain or just medicines are enough.

If someone is suffered from lung water, how severe is it? What treatment is best for it either drain or just medicines are enough.

May need either.: There are many different causes of fluid in the lungs. If it is due to infection it may need to be drained and would need antibiotics. If it is due to heart failure medicine may be enough. A physician would have to decide the appropriate course. ...Read more

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My 16 yr nephew is possesing water in his left lung it is assumed it should be drained out but is it compulsory to drain? Can medicine do the same job

My 16 yr nephew is possesing water in his left lung it is assumed it should be drained out but is it compulsory to drain? Can medicine do the same job

Depends. . .: Whether medicine can drain water from lungs depends upon condition. Diuretic or water pill can treat heart failure due to pulmonary edema but thoracentesis is required to treat pleural effusion. Small effusions may be monitored but if it's large enough to affect his breathing, then it should be drained. Obtaining a sample of fluid will also help explain why it developed so it can be treated. ...Read more

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Pleural effusion in a pt with lung cancer. Do you drain it?

Pleural effusion in a pt with lung cancer. Do you drain it?

Only if symptomatic: High likelihood for recurrence so only if severe short of breath. ...Read more

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Collapsed lung I have a small collapsed lung and am worried doctor said it shouldn't cause me any problems would it heal on its own or chest drain?

Collapsed lung I have a small collapsed lung and am worried doctor said it shouldn't cause me any problems would it heal on its own or chest drain?

On its own: A small pneumothorax in a healthy person should resolve on its own. Trust your doctor to know if your situation needs a chest tube or can heal on its own. ...Read more

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Have, post nasal drip (pnd). If I cough some up it has bits of food in it after eating. Does pnd drain into lungs and take food with it? Aspiration?

Have, post nasal drip (pnd). If I cough some up it has bits of food in it after eating. Does pnd drain into lungs and take food with it? Aspiration?

Mucus ; aspiration: Mucus can drain into your bronchial tubes, but you would be coughing to keep it out of your lungs. Bits of food may still be on the back of your throat when you're coughing, and come up that way. If your cough or gag reflex is impaired for any reason, then secretions and food can be aspirated. This can happen when someone has had a stroke, for instance. ...Read more

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The top 1/3 right lung removed 9 days ago. Leaking air and has min. Drainage. No emphysema and growth not cancer. How much longer on drain tube?

The top 1/3 right lung removed 9 days ago. Leaking air and has min. Drainage. No emphysema and growth not cancer. How much longer on drain tube?

Will take few days: Some times bronchial stump leaks air, is one of know complication of lobectomy, if it does not seal by itself in few days, most likely has to put a patch surgically (needs surgery). ...Read more