Pus Aspiraated from HUGE back growth

If this is a re-post, I apologize. The amount of pus aspirated from this lower back cyst is stupendous.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SCYE5xjG1Q
YT Poster: Medical and Surgery Education
Run Time: 3:08

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  • This is plurasy (sp?) an infection inside the chest cavity around the lungs. It can get so full, that it can collapse lungs. In this case, it seems to have filled so much, that is expanding via the easiest path possible. Notice the doctor says he wants to drain the sinus. Sincus means any cavity in the body that can fill with fluid.
    It’s really important to remove all of the fluid so other organs inside the chest cavity are not compressed.
    A long needle is inserted from the back into the chest cavity and the contents are sucked out. There isn’t enough pressure from the fluid to drain on its own.
    There is another video in the archive that shows the same kind of chest drainage.
    In the US, typically, a long needle is inserted in the back and instead of a syringe, a vacuum-sealed bottle is attached to the needle/cathter by a tube. There is a valve on the tube. When the valve is open, the suction from the bottle pulls the fluid and the bottle is filled. If the bottle fills up, the val e is closed, another vacuum sealed bottle is attached to the tube, the valve is opened, and the new bottle fills.
    This is not a cyst of any kind. It is fluid surrounding the lungs caused by a respiratory infection.

    • That’s painfully amazing – what a relief it must be to get that much pressure out of the inside of your chest. I’m familiar with the term ‘fluid on the lungs’ but I never knew it was pus-like. I always thought it was clear fluid. Thanks for the clarification and info. Great comment.

  • It’s not pleurisy. The abscess in this video is from tuberculosis. It’s not inside the chest walls like pleurisy. Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs which sometimes causes large amounts of fluid, not pus to build up.

  • I am quite sure that this is not pleurisy and what Gen described is the use of a chest tube – usually used in the case of a punctured lung. This is either an enormous cyst or abcess. It is possible that it is a tubercular abscess. The doctor was very proactive to drain the fluid in the manner that he did. He could have saved a lot of time by nicking it with a scalpel, but even if he let the fluid drain into a IK basin, there is a good chance of the staff being exposed to some type of dangerous bacteria. This doc did a great job and this video is very POPular with me.

  • Sorry if I was incorrect. I was writing from my tablet, which doesn’t have much reliability when switching from window to window. I hate to give wrong information.
    I’m not very familiar with TB abscesses. I thought they were restricted to lymph nodes, and lower left anterior flank isn’t a place I think of with lymph nodes.
    I was thinking of the respiratory aspect of TB infection.

    I’ve read up on TB abscesses. They are quite horrible. From what I read, the abscess has to be drained constantly, pharmacology usually doesn’t help, and surgical removal is often required.
    Ugh.

    I’m sorry for any misinformation on my part.

    • Gen, I think that you are pretty darn amazing. I am unsure if you have a medical background or not. I have years of nursing behind me and I have feeling that you could challenge me on most medical topics. I know that most comments that you make are spot on. I don’t know if you spend hours a day studying medicine or if you have a photographic memory, but you never cease to amaze me by the depth of your knowledge on most medical conditions, particularly those in the zit department. Keep up the good work.

      • Awww, thanks. No, just a lay person, no medical training. I retain information pretty well and I think I can put pieces together to figure out how larger systems work. And like I said, I don’t like to have wrong information, so I look up what I want to know and remember it for next time.
        Thanks for your kind words.

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