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Chest Tube Thoracostomy

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Chest Tube Thoracostomy

What is a Chest Tube Thoracostomy?

During a chest tube thoracostomy, a thin and flexible tube is inserted through the ribs and into the chest cavity in order to drain fluid and air from around the lungs. The tube is connected to a machine that provides suction.

Also Known As:

  • Chest tube
  • Tube thoracostomy
  • Breathing tube
  • Emergency breathing surgery

Conditions Treated with a Chest Tube Thoracostomy:

A chest tube thoracostomy is utilized in cases of chest surgery, a collapsed lung and pleural effusion.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to a Chest Tube Thoracostomy:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to a chest tube thoracostomy.

Anesthesia with a Chest Tube Thoracostomy:

A chest tube thoracostomy is performed with local anesthesia.

Potential Complications from a Chest Tube Thoracostomy:

Possible risks following a chest tube thoracostomy include bleeding, infection due to bacteria entering the tube and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Recovery from a Chest Tube Thoracostomy:

No recovery time is needed following a chest tube thoracostomy.

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