Is bubbling in a chest tube normal?

Intermittent bubbling, corresponding to respirations in the water-seal chamber, indicates an air leak from the pleural space; it should resolve as the lung reexpands. If bubbling in the water-seal chamber is continuous, suspect a leak in the system.

Furthermore, what are the indications for a chest tube?

Indications for chest drains include the following:
  • Pneumothorax (spontaneous, tension, iatrogenic, traumatic)
  • Pleural collection – Pus ( empyema), blood (hemothorax), chyle ( chylothorax)
  • Malignant effusions (pleurodesis)
  • Postoperative.
  • Thoracotomy.
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

Why would someone need a chest tube?

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.

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What is the purpose of chest tube water seal?

The middle chamber of a traditional chest drainage system is the water seal . The main purpose of the water seal is to allow air to exit from the pleural space on exhalation and prevent air from entering the pleural cavity or mediastinum on inhalation.

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