Patient & Visitor Alert: Because flu cases are on the rise, starting February 24, children 12 and younger
will be restricted from visiting hospitals and certain inpatient facilities throughout Carolinas HealthCare System. Learn more.

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Patient Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have a chest tube?
A chest tube is placed in the chest cavity to remove trapped air or fluid so that the lungs can function normally.