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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?

Hi 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?

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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Pleural effusion detected in xray. Aspiration done. Pleural fluid tested on cytology and myobacterium culture done. All negative-no growth. Pain severe in chest and back. Amylase:47 ada:72 glucose:200?

Pleural effusion detected in xray. Aspiration done. Pleural fluid tested on cytology and myobacterium culture done. All negative-no growth. Pain severe in chest and back. Amylase:47 ada:72 glucose:200?

Further workup: Your blood sugar is too high. Get further evalaution for diabetes. Pleural effusions can cause pleuritis, an inflammation of the sac around the lungs. Notify your physician and ask about antiinflammatory medince. Get a fasting blood sugar, urine analysis and hgba1c. ...Read more

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Can chest CT scan without contrast differentiate pleural mesothelioma from pleural effusion?

Can chest CT scan without contrast differentiate pleural mesothelioma from pleural effusion?

Sometimes suggest: Pleural thickening/effusion can be distinguished with CT scanning. Nodular pleural thickening, thickening > than 1 cm, involvement of mediastinal pleural surface, are highly suggestive of malignant pleural disease, either mesothelioma or metastases. Contrasted, CT scans produce high-contrast images of affected areas to clearly show differences between normal and cancerous tissue.MRI adjunct to CT. ...Read more

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Thickened very mild multiloculated right pleural effusion, not aspirable. Cause? I had high fever & pleuritic chest pain. I recovered with Amoxicillin.

Thickened very mild multiloculated right pleural effusion, not aspirable. Cause? I had high fever & pleuritic chest pain. I recovered with Amoxicillin.

Check with doctor: This doesn't sound like a "mild" problem. If you have recovered and your doctor has assured you all is well, it's probably true. But at one time it surely was a serious problem. Discuss with your doctor, especially whether repeat imaging (CT scan? MRI?) is recommended to assure things have cleared up completely and there is no sign of an underlying problem like TB or cancer. ...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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Do pleural effusion & pleural thickening look similar on chest x-ray & CT scan?

They can: Pleural thickening and effusion can appear very similar. Physiological differences include effusion being liquid and mobile with change in position while thickening is sometimes scar tissue or thicker slower moving substance. On ct may have somewhat different densities. ...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..

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

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How long will I have pain from pleural effusion w serositis sle. Hosp 9 days. Dried up. No tube. Dr says some perm damage. Still hoarse /pain.

Painful for awhile: You had sle and had a pleural effusion that resolved without tube thoracostomy. You are having pain in the chest and a hoarse voice. The pleural pain can last a while. Like pneumonia, pleurisy or inflammation of the lining of the chest does hurt. This could last a month? Use pain control with medications, ask for a pain consult from anesthesia. Hope it gets better. ...Read more

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What is and how would a procedure called chest tube drainage be handled?

What is and how would a procedure called chest tube drainage be handled?

Same as its name: It is a tube inserted into chest cavity around the lung to drain air or fluid/blood/pus. After it is inserted the amount of fluid removed daily along with type of fluid plus almost daily chest x-ray will tell your doctor when it is ready to come out. In case of air leakage they will wait for air to stop before pulling it out as long as your x ray looks good. ...Read more

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Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

Yes: The presence of pleural fluid indicates involvement of the pleura - inflammation there (commonly called pleurisy) can accompany pneumonia and is painful with inspiration or cough. NSAIDs, (like ibuprofen) are often very effective for this type of pain. ...Read more

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Dx with pleurisy/pleural effusion. Effusion cleared up but still have deep pain inside and ribs sore to the touch. Are sore ribs usual w/pleurisy?

Yes: Soreness is not because of pleurisy. With pleurisy you cough and when u cough your ribs start hurting from the pull of the cough muscles. ...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