What kind of drainage tube do you have in? Is it from a ct guided drainage?
My guess would be that maybe a fistula has formed to the outside now, and that is why you have drainage coming out by the tube. It happens in 50% of all abscess drainages.
I currently have a drainage tube like yours in (but mine is in my butt) – over here in Aus they refer to them as ‘mushroom drains’ because the part at the top pops open like a mushroom to keep it in. mine has been in since the 20th May – I had my check up yesterday and the surgeon told me it will be coming out this next Thursday.
I have had drainage coming out both from the tube and from the area around it – which was originally an abscess and resulted in a fistula. I also have a seton in (which was originally put in to drain the abscess, this mushroom drain was inserted after it was discovered the setons weren’t draining it adequately).
The setons are quite painless after the initial recovery time (which for me was a month or so). This drain is a real pain because I have to sit on it at my job and it is stitched in, but I am grateful it seems to be doing its job.
I would say the drainage is probably normal unless it is hurting a lot too, which would indicate infection. Are you on antibiotcs? I am on amoxicillin and flagyl (have been on these since November last yr when the abscess first surfaced).
Hope this info helps you somewhat! Did you see your surgeon?
Oh I think we all do to some degree. Hopefully you get some answers soon. Our own bodies can be such a mystery to us and I think that’s the most frustrating thing.
Did you see the surgeon? Did he give you any answers?
Fistulas are awful things. I have a drain in at the moment but once it is out I know I will still have drainage from this fistula – something I hate to think about. But I just take it one day at a time.