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Chest tube thoracostomy


Chest tube thoracostomy is a minimally invasive procedure done to drain fluid, blood, or air from the space around the lungs. In cases of pleural effusion, an excess amount of fluid builds up in the space around the lungs. Thoracentesis may be the first line of treatment for this condition, however it is often inadequate. In such cases, it may be necessary to use a chest tube.


Chest tube thoracostomy involves placing a hollow plastic tube between the ribs and into the chest to drain fluid or air from around the lungs. The tube may be attached to a suction machine to help with drainage. Imaging devices such as CT scan and ultrasound may be used to help guide the procedure.





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Identifying the cause of the effusion is important because the treatment will be targeted towards this cause. The doctor will find a treatment that will work best on the patient based on what type of effusion and symptoms the patient have.
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