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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?

Depends: Normal fluid should look like light colored urine. Heart, liver and kidney failure effusions will look like this. If it's an empyema, it will be pus. If it's infection or something inflammatory, It can be pus, dark yellow, or bloody. If it's a cancer, it's almost always bloody. ...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?

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.
Thanks?

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

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Does pleural effusion cause excess gas and burping as well as chest pain?

Does pleural effusion cause excess gas and burping as well as chest pain?

No: A pleural effusion can cause symptoms based on volume. If large enough, the symptoms are shortness of breath or possibly chest pain. Excess gas is not one of the findings. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia diagnosed by doctor, confirmed chest XRAY (mild hazy infiltrate) considered pleural effusion? Chest pains and cough prompted visit to dr.

Is pneumonia diagnosed by doctor, confirmed chest XRAY (mild hazy infiltrate) considered pleural effusion? Chest pains and cough prompted visit to dr.

Pleural effusion: It sounds like you are concerned you have a pleural effusion along with the pneumonia you were diagnosed with. A pleural effusion would have been seen on the chest xray taken if it was significant. If it has been a while since your chest xray and you have completed a course of treatment and you are still coughing or short of breath, then please see your doctor again for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Pain on the back of chest and right arm.. easy fatigability ESR 58 chest xray done on 11 sep showed pleural effusion on right side but is now resolved?

Pain on the back of chest and right arm.. easy fatigability ESR 58 chest xray done on 11 sep showed pleural effusion on right side but is now resolved?

Tuberculosis ?: Could be several causes. TB is more common in your country and can cause pain from inflammation of pulmonary I tissue, can increase ESR and cause pulmonary effusion. Have you had a PPD test? This may be helpful but can also be positive is previously exposed but have no active infection. There is a blood test called "quantiferon gold" which is useful to help make diagnosis. ...Read more

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Have lung nodules that are growing &massive chest pain(heart is fine) could this be a pleural effusion?Should i be worried?Worse when i breathe deeply

Have lung nodules that are growing &massive chest pain(heart is fine) could this be a pleural effusion?Should i be worried?Worse when i breathe deeply

Yes, go to the DR.: Yes, that does not sound good, you need to be seen right away. You could have a pleural effusion, but that does not explain the nodules . I assume you had a chest x-ray? Someone sent you in for that , right?....Better go back and get fully evaluated. ...Read more

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What does this mean chest ct scan ..mild infiltrates,left lower lobe may represent discoid atelectasis and or pneumonia ,mild left pleural effusion..

What does this mean chest ct scan ..mild infiltrates,left lower lobe may represent discoid atelectasis and or pneumonia ,mild left pleural effusion..

CT scan: Proper interpretation of CT or "cat scan" results is a tricky proposition and requires a physician to clinically correlate with multiple factors. The findings above may simply represent excessive mucus or possibly an infection. An effusion means there is some type of fluid in or around the lungs. ...Read more

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Asthma since birth nw pain at lower left of chest CXR says pleural effusion in left lung night sweats recurring fever SOB red rash upper back male 31?

Look into infection: With pleural effusion pain can occur until the effusion resolves. With your history of asthma, the possibility of infection is high. Your symptoms of fever and rash suggest seeking medical treatment is imperative. You may need antibiotic treatment for full resolution of symptoms. Also look into possible tuberculosis, or non infectious causes ...Read more

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31 m asthma since birth prematur born pleural effusion in left lung with SOB recurring fever night sweats red rash on chest n back? is it TB or what?

Possible: 31 yr old with fever night sweats and one sided effusion in an endemic area for tuberculosis (TB) is first consideration . Please see your doctor , even if it is , very curable great medications are available. ...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