My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer 3 yrs ago, did chemo and radiation. Cancer is back,Andenocarcinoma but this time with an ALK mutation. She will start Xalkori today. She had the Pleurx catheter put in 2 wks ago and drained over a liter in the hospital. She was in such pain in the hospital that she needed morphine (and she has a very high tolerance for pain). When she drains at home she has mild discomfort in upper back while draining but after she has shortness of breath and excruciating pain for several hours after. Is this caused by drainage rate/lenght of time (the past 2x we drained to the point that there were air bubbles in the canister) or could it be something else like a trapped lung or the catheter not installed correctly?
Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:36#1
pleurx Catheter Severe Pain after drainage - 1268196