Topic: external drain/stent

Has anybody ever seen an external drain bag fill with air? My husbands drain is still putting out bile into his bag. However, the past day or two air is also getting into it and it fills up like a balloon. When I researched this, I found something called pnuemobilia which appears to be air in the biliary tree. Anybody else ever see this?

Re: external drain/stent

I have heard of it but never seen it. When my husband was having his blood infection problems they were concerned about narrowing of the surgical sites as there was no air in his bile ducts. The GI doc said that the lack of air was a sign of the narrowing but our surgeon said it was not definitive. Other than that I don't know but I bet someone else on here will. I will be as interested as you to see what everyone has to say.


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