Chest tube insertion

Chest drainage tube insertion; Insertion of tube into chest; Tube thoracostomy; Pericardial drain

A chest tube is a hollow, flexible tube placed into the chest. It acts as a drain.

  • Chest tubes drain blood, fluid, or air from around your lungs, heart, or esophagus.
  • The tube around your lung is placed between your ribs and into the space between the inner lining and the outer lining of your chest cavity. This is called the pleural space. It is done to allow your lungs to fully expand.
Chest tube insertion

A chest tube is used to remove fluid from the space between the lungs and the wall of the chest. The tube is placed between the ribs and into the space between the inner lining and the outer lining of the lung (pleural space).

Chest tube insertion - series - Pleural cavity

The pleural cavity is the space between the layers of the membrane lining the lung (pleura) and the chest cavity.

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