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What color is drainage from a chest tube when you have a pleural effusion?

What color is drainage from a chest tube when you have a pleural effusion?

Depends on cause: It really depends on the cause of the effusion. For example, it can look very bloody if related to a hemothorax or complicated parapneumonic effusion, it can look like pus if due to an empyema, or it can even look milky if related to a chylothorax, in general, if due to pneumonia or malignancy it usually looks clear to yellowish with some blood. ...Read more

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Fluid In The Lungs (Definition)

Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate(thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative(heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling(thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need ...Read more


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What color is the drainage from a chest tube with a a pleural effusion?

What color is the drainage from a chest tube with a a pleural effusion?

Chest drainage: It depends on the character of the effusion. Frequently malignant effusions will be bloody. Infectious effusions may be cloudy/pussy. Effusions from CHF are usually sort of beer colored. ...Read more

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What color is the drainage from a chest tube with a a pleural effusion?

What color is the drainage from a chest tube with a a pleural effusion?

Depends: caused bybwhat? Trauma- bloody Cancer- bloody or yellow serous, or sero- sanguinous. Infection - bloody or cloudy or pus or serous ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on the chest x-ray?

What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on the chest x-ray?

Fluid: A pleural effusion refers to fluid between the two very thin linings of the lung. This may develop due to heart failure, infection, trauma, inflammatory process or tumor. ...Read more

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Blood Tested negative for risk of PE. Have pleural effusion and atelectasis now upper left chest started burning sensation. Worry?

Blood Tested negative for risk of PE. Have pleural effusion and atelectasis now upper left chest started burning sensation. Worry?

Pleural effusion: is not normal. If persistent, have your doctor investigate atypical infection such as TB or fungus and even cancer in rare cases. ...Read more

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Hi I have bilaterat pleural effusion in right chest. Kindly suggest some effective treatment. Thanks?

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I have bilaterat pleural effusion in right chest. Kindly suggest some effective treatment.
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Heart failure? : Do you have heart failure? There are several reasons for Pleural effusion. Depending upon how large you might need thoracocentesis or fluid drained and analyzed. If cough fever this could be infected or empyema thus requiring chest tube drainage. However it is usually only on one side. In summary if this is a new Pleural effusion the cause must be worked up. ...Read more

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Can to you have a slight injury to the chest and still get a pleural effusion or pulmonary edema ?

Can to you have a slight injury to the chest and still get a pleural effusion or pulmonary edema
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Not really : what is your definition of slight injury? If we are talking trauma, like a blow to the chest, then you would more likely see a pulmonary contusion or maybe a lung collapse than effusion or edema. Those two things describe fluid around the lung (effusion) or waterlogged lung tissue, like a sponge in the case of edema. The mechanisms for these are not usually related to trauma or injury per se ...Read more

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I have pleural effusion in left side, so the doctor started tb medicines and now i have pain in the lower left side of chest.

Pain: Pain is not uncommon with a pleural effusion. Cause of the pleural effusion ( pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, etc) may also cause pain. Does not mean you are getting worse. If your breathing changes see your doc right away. ...Read more

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


Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more