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Remove Chest Tube
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) or fluid (pleural effusion, blood, chyle), or pus (empyema) from the intrathoracic space. It is also known as a bülau drain ...Read more
I have colapsed lung with chest tube. If i chose to remove tube and lung isnt inflated what will thr consquences be?
Pneumothorax: A chest tube is placed when the lung has collapsed. It allows the lung to re-expand. The chest tube is removed when there is no evidence of a "leak" which would imply that the lung may collapse again if the tube is removed. You should let your medical team decide when the time is right to remove the tube. If it removed too soon it may create a life threatening emergency. ...Read more
At end inspiration : The patient should fully inspire to the point he/she is unable to breath in any more. Therefore, there is little risk for sucking air into the chest cavity during removal. Some people teach removal while exhaling (this creates positive pressure in chest). The risk here is that it is natural to breath in when experiencing pain. Thus, patient has more risk because he/she can suddenly suck air in. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shower: That would be up to your surgeon. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am having 3 rib cartilages removed due to slipping rib syndrome.What should expect during and after surgery? Chest tube? Collapsed lung ?
Keep it covered: To prevent infection.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have my chest tube wound its been three weeks it's still painfull around the area it's oozy but not smelly should it be started to heal abit better?
Wound care +: How quickly a wound like that heals depends on how well nourished you are, why you had the chest tube in the first place, and what sort of wound care you're getting. That said, by 3 weeks it should not still be "leaking" fluid. See your surgeon or pulmonologist and have them take a look. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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