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Chest Drain / Chest Tube
A hollow plastic tube that is inserted into the chest cavity to remove or allow the drainage of fluid from that portion of the chest cavity. Chest tubes are routinely placed into the chest after most open heart surgeries to allow the drainage of fluid from around the heart and lungs. They are removed when the drainage becomes minimal.

 

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