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Topic: Breast drain pulled out by accident....seroma started

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Posted on: Sep 26, 2012 10:21PM

gonzard222 wrote:

I was coming out of the bathroom when my drain tube snagged the door knob and it pulled out the drain enough to stop pulling fluids. went in and nurse went ahead and pulled rest of tube out. tomorrow i will have surgery to have them put back in. when i left there i started swelling really fast, so i called dr and he said to do absolutely nothing....well i got up to go to the bathroom and coming out i got very dizzy and now my chest is tingling so bad. I dont know if the fluid can cause a heart attack or not but i am freaking out.....has this happened to anyone else?

Dx 8/20/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/20/2012, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/19/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 9/19/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/27/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 11/8/2012 Surgery 2/13/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 2/13/2013 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/26/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Sep 26, 2012 11:13PM cider8 wrote:

I had a seroma develop when I had a drain unknowingly pulled early. For me, I did not notice the seroma for almost 2 weeks. It drained 220cc. I do not believe the extra fluid could cause a heart attack.

~Paula~ [R] Pure Mucinous, DCIS, & IDC. BMX w/DIEP in NOLA 5/11; 12/11; 9/12. DD AC/T end 9/11. Tamox. 2mm IDC found 9/12 = 33 rads end 01/13, Oncotype 34. [L] IBC = TCx6 end 7/13, MX (remove flap), 44 rads (2x/day) end 10/13. Zoladex & Arimidex. Dx 2/25/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 4/5/2013, IBC, Stage IIIB, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/22/2013, IBC, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 10/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 26, 2012 11:21PM gonzard222 wrote:

ok great thank you.....i was reading some other posts from others who had the same problem....not that i feel better, but i feel better now that i know what it could possibly be. Thank you

Dx 8/20/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/20/2012, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/19/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 9/19/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/27/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 11/8/2012 Surgery 2/13/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 2/13/2013 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/26/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction
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Sep 27, 2012 09:01AM HLB wrote:

I don't think its harmful. Depending on the size they either drain them or leave them alone to be absorbed over time. So if you're getting the drain put back in everything should be ok.

Dx 10/2004, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/30/2004 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/30/2004 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 1/2/2005 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/15/2005 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 7/23/2012, IDC, Stage IV Hormonal Therapy 7/23/2012 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2015 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Sep 27, 2012 09:15AM MiniMacsMom wrote:

How long were your drains in before they pulled out.  Mine pulled out about 4 days after surgery and I was down to about 50ccs a day.  I got a tiny bit of swelling but nothing really bad.  Its not the end of the world!  As long as your fluid output has started decreasing you should be ok! 

Diagnosis: 10/25/2011, IDC, 9cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 4/15 nodes + Rotter's Node, ER+/P+-, HER2-, BRCA 2+
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Sep 27, 2012 12:40PM gonzard222 wrote:

Well the fluid is still building in my chest but in a couple hours hopefully that will feel better. The drains were in for 6 days before it got pulled out. Thank you for input on this. It really does help to know others have had the same concerns. Sucks that any of us had to deal with this. :)

Dx 8/20/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/20/2012, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/19/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 9/19/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/27/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 11/8/2012 Surgery 2/13/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 2/13/2013 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/26/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction

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