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What are the effects of a chest tube insertion?

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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
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In brief: Lung expansion

If you have a lung that can't expand fully, the chest tube helps to allow lung re-exansion.
Fluid could be blocking expansion and a tube tube removes the fluid. If your lungs have a leak that prevents expansion, the negative pressure created by the chest tube suction inside the chest cavity allows the lung to stay expanded until the lung leak can heal itself.

In brief: Lung expansion

If you have a lung that can't expand fully, the chest tube helps to allow lung re-exansion.
Fluid could be blocking expansion and a tube tube removes the fluid. If your lungs have a leak that prevents expansion, the negative pressure created by the chest tube suction inside the chest cavity allows the lung to stay expanded until the lung leak can heal itself.
Dr. Ted King
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