Symptoms That May Require Chest Tube Placement

Your lung can collapse if it collects air or fluid, such as blood or pus, in the pleural space. This is the space between your lungs and the chest wall. To drain the fluid or air from your chest, a chest tube will be inserted by a healthcare provider.

You can have your chest tube inserted after surgery while you are still asleep, or at your bedside with pain medication and local anesthesia. There are many sizes and shapes of tubes that are used during chest tube surgery. If you also want to undergo this surgery, then you must schedule an appointment with a specialist via

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The drainage system collects fluid from the chest tubes and allows them to drain out. These systems allow fluid or air to drain naturally (passive), or can apply suction to pull the fluid or air out.

These are the symptoms of a collapsed lung:

  • Deep breath, cough, or sharp chest pain can make the problem worse
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Chest tightness
  • Fatigue after slight exertion
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Flaring of the nasal
  • Cyanosis, or bluish skin color

To drain the air from the lung and allow it to expand again, the chest tube is surgically placed between the ribs. Sometimes, the patient can take home a small tube for their chest. The patient will need to remain in the hospital if a larger chest tube becomes necessary.

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