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Biliary Drains was posted 01/28/2007 07:12 am by debbie
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My mom has 2 drains - right and left. She has had them since April 2003. The drains are exchanged about every 8-12 weeks - depending on how they are functioning - same day procedure in the Interventional Radiology Department. Mom and Dad have their favorite doctors and know most of the staff. The tubes drain internally much of the time, externally if she has an infection or discomfort. The tubes flow into the duodenum (small intestine) so the risk of infection is high due to bacteria wicking up the tubes. We are fortunate as we manage Mom's antibiotic therapy based upon her symptoms. I flush each tube every evening with 10cc of Normal Saline and change the dressings about every 3 days. There is sometimes bile leakage about the insertion site - this is usually indicative of the tubes needing to be changed soon. Hope this bit of information is helpful. debbie

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