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Fevers after Jackson Pratt Drain removal

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    Hello, with in the last 48 hours my Jackson pratt drain was removed due to me catching the tube on my bathroom door handle and tearing a suture. Im having fevers (100.7) and pain right above the drain hole. The area is hard when I touch it and I am feeling faint or dizzy. I have contacted my doctors, the on call doctors and have been told to keep taking Tylenol. The tylenol breaks the fever for 4 hours and then it returns. I know in my gut that there is fluid build up and my body is trying to fight it and can’t due to not having lymph nodes in the armpit as of 16 days ago. Im also having what looks like Folliculitis and have been prescribed an antibiotic cream Mupirocin 2%. My concern is more the fevers and body aches. Has anyone experienced this after having ANLD?
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        I had the same thing occur after my JP was removed (left groin). I called my surgeon at Sloan Kettering who told me to go back to the hospital where he had me admitted. I had an infection that kept me on IV antibiotics for just shy of two weeks. I would call back and let them know you insist on being seen either at their office or in the hospital.
          After lots of push back because of COVID-19, I finally got in to see my Doctor. The physicians assistant recommended that the site be drained and I would need to take antibiotics to clear the now rash and blisters around my incision and if that doesnt work in about 3 days, I need to come in and have antibiotics given intravenously. He left to discuss this with the Head doctor and he recommended that I only take antibiotics (amoxicillin) and continue to use the topical cream to clear the skin infection. They determined from my blood results, that the infection needed to be handled first and that the drainage from my tube hole would drain in time.
          Day 3 since my tube removal and my fever is gone and when I woke up at 3:45 this morning I had some serious swelling and pain! Then I laid back down until about 9am and when I had my Fiancé help me up, I felt a rush of fluid drain down my side and into the gauze. Thats when I decided to message my care team and tell them I need an appointment to remove the fluid, to which, the head Doctor did not recommend. He was the fluid to come out on its own.
            Hi Megs,
            I suppose if it’s actively draining, that’s a positive; especially if the fever is gone. . I would definitely watch the redness and if that area expands tell your doctor you need something far more potent than Amoxicilin. I was on two fairly heavy duty antibiotics – Cipro and sorry – can’t remember the other – for the two weeks I was hospitalized. Good luck – this should resolve quickly – just stay on top of it
              Can I ask if you have spoken to the surgeon who placed the drain? I had a very similar experience last year after lymphedectomy & JP drain. I also developed a seroma at the site. It is very common in this type of surgery. I ebded up in hospital for 5 days on IV Vancomycin & had the incision opened up & drained. Also had a negative pressure dressing ( wound vac) for 3 weeks because the seroma tunneled. Usually these kind of post op issues or complications are in the scope of your surgeon
            Rob is grateful
              Sorry your having a rough go. I just had a sentinel lymph node biopsy a few weeks ago and had two positive nodes. No one has mentioned removing all lymph nodes yet. I have my scans scheduled for next week and will discuss treatment. They have already mentioned opdivo. Hope you get some relief and answers. Hang in there
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