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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.

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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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Will the doctor put me to sleep if I need a chest tube inserted?

Will the doctor put me to sleep if I need a chest tube inserted?

Depends: If this is an emergent need for a chest tube usually only local/topical medications are given. If this is an elective placement of the chest tube occassionally IV medication can be given before the procedure. In good hands the placement should be only moderately uncomfortable.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Does it hurt when you remove a chest tube?

Not much: Much, much less then when it went in. There will be some discomfort, very little if any pain.

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Is having vats resection if a spine tumour considered major surgery? It's been three weeks I'm still in agony where the chest tube my nerves hurt too

Is having vats resection if a spine tumour considered major surgery? It's been three weeks I'm still in agony where the chest tube my nerves hurt too

Yes: Vats is major surgery. Unfortunately, pain from chest tube site and/or vats instrument port sites can result from intercostal nerve injury/compression. Some patients may suffer neuralgia following surgery.

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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.

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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.

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Chest tube recovery?

Chest tube recovery?

What is the question: Not quite sure I understand the question.

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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.

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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.

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My daughter had a chest tube at 2 years of age. (2004) she is now 13 and having pain around the scare.

Mgt: Sometimes scars do contract, and can cause pain. If she has any trouble breathing, I would advise a visit to the ED. Otherwise your PCP may elect to obtain a radiograph.

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How long does pain last after a chest tube?

How long does pain last after a chest tube?

This is variable: Pain after a chest tube can be variable. Usually it will resolve within a week after it has been removed. I would want to know why it was needed in the first place. Is the pain really related to the chest tube or to the underlying reason why the chest tube was related. Intercostal nerves running under the ribs can possibly be injured by a chest tube but this is unusual.

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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.

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When should a chest tube be removed during the ventillatory cycle?

When should a chest tube be removed during the ventillatory cycle?

That's Debatable: Some surgeons remove it at end expiration, reasoning no air can rush in then. Others remove it at maximum inspiration, since there will be no opportunity for air to enter. It likely doesn't matter which of these is chosen, the important concept being not to remove it during inspiration when air could be pulled in through the incision.

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I have left my chest tube wound open over night to help heal its been 3.5 weeks it's so painful underneath when will I feel better?

Post thoracotomy: Chest tube placement and other invasive chest wall procedures can lead to lasting pain. Talk to your physician about using a drug for neuropathic pain, which can reduce or eliminate the symptoms.

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