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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should I be concerned that I now have Pleural thickening as a result of a perforated esophagus and a 5 centimeter Abscess with pleuritic chest pain ?
Can to you have a slight injury to the chest and still get a pleural effusion or pulmonary edema
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
What would be the symptoms (aside from labored breathing) of a punctured lung and how could you detect it?
What is pleural scarring less likely minimal pleural fluid? I dont have any kind of symptoms from past 4mos. What would be pleural fluid symptoms?
Probably none: this is an incidental finding- it is included because it is not "normal", but it is not pathological- and would not produce symptoms. its much more likely to be a bit of scarring than fluid, as it stated in question. so i would not worry too much about it- but if the report suggests repeating the xray at a certain interval, you should do so under your doctors supervision. hope this helps ...Read more
Subsequent to inserting breathing tube patient has no breath sounds in left lung what could have happened?
Taking a test?: No breath sounds on the left after placing an endotracheal tube usually means the tube is in too far and is only aerating the right lung. Simple fix, pull the tube back. ...Read more
Is it possible to have an asthma attack only in the left lung? If not what could be the reason for wheezing and coughing up phlegm in 1 lung? Thanks
No: You could have more mucus on one side producing more sounds. Pneumonia could affect one side only. Occasionally, you could have aspirated something into one lung causing more problems there. Fungal problems can occur in asthma and could be localized to one side. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Went to my GP due to a chest infection He said he heard some crackles in my lungs does this mean pneumonia or can it still be just a chest infection ?
Not necessarily : A chest infection can be either viral or bacterial. Both of these can cause the mentioned crackles. Plead follow the advice of your doctor and return to see him if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more
My chest xray showed pleural scarring or less likely minimal pleural fluid. What does this mean ? Something i should be worried about?
I understand that a "patchy consolidation" can be indicative of pneumonia. But could someone have a patchy consolidation if he also had,for instance, COPD & bilateral pleural effusions?
Yes it can be: Some one with COPD and bilateral effusion can also have Patchy Consolidation.It may be due to a co existing Pneumonia or it may be due to pulmonary edema(fluid in the lungs) or Atelectasis(Collapse of Lung)That is why we always say to medical students and residents,that we never treat the xray findings.But first History/Physical and xray in the context of Patients clinical presentation ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Normal: The body normally makes significant pleural fluid each day. It is produced on the parietal pleura (chestwall) side and absorbed or drains through the visceral pleura (lung lining) into the lymph vessels of the lung. The chest tube drains some of this fluid before it is absorbed. It can be mildly blood tinged so it can be kool-aid colored. http://goo.gl/myn9nj. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When a lung segment becomes airless as a result of infection, the lung is said to be what? Would that make it congested?
Consolidated: Usually a lung segment full of infection is "consolidated.". ...Read more
I have a stubborn cough that seems to be drainage from possible sinus infection - would like to know what exactly it is. This cough is stubborn mucus that seems to originate from sinuses & drains me of energy. Have had this for a couple of weeks. For the
It's : It's never possible to know exactly what is wrong with a patient unless you are face-to-face with him or her, but it does sound like you are describing upper-airway cough syndrome. This is when the lining of the nose is making too much mucous which will then drip back into the throat, occasionally irritating the vocal cords, making them spasm and induce coughing. This condition is often treated with antihistamines like zyrtec or allegra, however, there is evidence that the older antihistamines like chlorpheniramine may be more effective, but they can also be sedating and cause side effects like dizziness, especially in older patients. Sometimes a decongestant like sudafed can also be helpful, but this is something that can be very dangerous in older patients or those with heart conditions. Nasal steroid sprays like Flonase and Nasonex (mometasone) (both prescription only) can also be helpful. Otc nasal sprays like afrin should be avoided, because while they are remarkably effective at clearing up nasal discharge, when on stops taking them, even after only a few days, the congestion can return even worse than it was. While upper-airway cough syndrome is a benign condition that typically gets better even without medication, a cough lasting for more than 2 weeks should be evaluated by a physician. Many other much more serious conditions can present this way. Pneumonia, lung cancer, and auto-immune lung disease are just of handful of very serious conditions that could be described by your symptoms, but are impossible to diagnose without actually seeing the patient. ...Read more
I had a collapsed lung and I have a chest tube on me right now. I'm wondering if it's normal if the tube is filled with a redish liquid?
Discuss w your doc: It would be expected to have a little blood in the pleural fluid right after the chest tube is placed. Depending on the causes of how your lung is collapsed, a little blood that makes the fluid look reddish can be expected or it is a cause for concern. Best way is to discuss it with your attending physician or your floor nurse. Hope you have a quick recovery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it normal to have palpitations with small pericardial effusion? I got the effusion from pericarditis.
The symptoms of my chest infection developed in a month from bloody mucus to sob n chest discomfort. Does that mean it'll take as long to heal?
Pneumonia: Chest infections or pneumonias can sometimes take weeks to months for the inflammation to go down. And even though the infection has been cleared, the symptoms can linger that long too. Depending on the size and extent of your infection, it could take that long for symptoms to completely resolve. I'd ask your doctor specifically. Good luck. ...Read more
I have a atelectasis at the lung bases bilaterally and it appears to be a slight elevation of the left hemidiaphragm what does this mean ?
Lung doc: You want to see your lung doc. Ask about a test about your diaphragm, such as ultrasound and real diaphragmatic movements, or fluoroscopy. Also discuss testing such as ultrasound, CT, MRI for the abdomen and the chest. You may also need pulmonary function testing. Ask your lung doc and good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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