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Chest Tube and pain after removal

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Husband was stabbed in the back almost 3 weeks ago and it punctured his lung. A chest tube was placed to drain the blood. He's been home for 2 weeks without the tube, however still is having issues breathing and is in a lot of pain still. Says that it feels like a rib is broken. Is this normal?
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replied August 12th, 2017
It is not unsual to have severe pain after such a injury to the chest wall, which can be like a near death experience.

Pain would persist for at least 3 -6 weeks until the complete healing occurs.

Using pain medications and other supportive measures can help in managing the symptoms.


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