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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Fluid In The Lungs (Overview)

Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate(thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative(heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling(thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need diagnosis for proper resolution.


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The amount of mucus in the lungs affects the head?

The amount of mucus in the lungs affects the head?

Not directly: Excess mucous in the lungs could be associated with chronic sinus disease (a cause of headaches) or cough (severe coughing can lead to headaches). ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
638 doctors shared insights

Fluid In The Lungs (Overview)

Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate(thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative(heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling(thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need diagnosis for proper resolution.


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Can lysol and irratants like that cause fluid in the lungs if sprayed a lot around person with heart problems?

Can lysol and irratants like that cause fluid in the lungs if sprayed a lot around person with heart problems?

Possible, unlikely: It's possible if you inhale a really large concentrated amount or are especially sensitive, but millions of people are exposed to Lysol daily over decades and they're not dropping like flies. ...Read more

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What causes fluid in the lung?

What causes fluid in the lung?

Several: Fluid in the lungs could mean pulmonary edema (swelling of lung) which can be caused by heart failure (multiple causes of this), infection, mitral valve disease, kidney failure, inflammation. Fluid surrounding lungs (pleural effusion) trauma, infection, heart failure, cancer, kidney failure. There are more. It's best to talk with your doctor for specifics. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia mean fluid accumulation in the lungs? Does it happen in every case? How is it treated?

Does pneumonia mean fluid accumulation in the lungs? Does it happen in every case? How is it treated?

Lung infection: pneumonia is lung infection and can be caused by mostly virus or bacteria. Generally some fluid accumulation may be associated with pneumonia but sometimes larger amounts of fluid accumulate surrounding the lung, which may need to be drained. ...Read more

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What is the fluid in the interior of the pericardium?

What is the fluid in the interior of the pericardium?

It's called: pericardial fluid. It is a lymphatic fluid that is a transudate, basically a watered down version of plasma. Usually, there is only a small amount of fluid in the pericardial sac, about 50 cc. Hope this helps. Visit CardioGauge.com for heart health education ...Read more

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Where is the lungs located in the back?

Where is the lungs located in the back?

under ribs: The lungs in the front and back are inside the rib cage. This is why doctors will place a stethoscope on the back as well as the front to evaluate the function of the lungs. ...Read more

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Why don't lungs fail during pulmonary edema?

Why don't lungs fail during pulmonary edema?

They often do: Pulmonary edema is one of the most common causes of respiratory failure. That's why we have ventilators and icus. Less severe cases of pulmonary edema can be tolerated well enough to avoid respiratory failure. Just like a rain, its a matter of degree. You can have a light shower, or a deluge and flash-flooding. ...Read more

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Is fluid on the lungs and heart terminal?

Is fluid on the lungs and heart terminal?

No: This not terminal and is often treatable. The question is what is causing fluid on the lungs? This is usually a separate process from pericardial effusion. Echocardiography will provide important information about heart strength and valvular function. Treatment for pulmonary edema involves diuretics in addition to other potential medications. ...Read more

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Can lung cysts start at the bottom of the lungs in lymphangioleiomyomatosis?

Can lung cysts start at the bottom of the lungs in lymphangioleiomyomatosis?

Check out these : Links. Take care! http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lymphangioleiomyomatosis. http://www.bhdsyndrome.org/for-families/symptoms/lung-symptoms/lung-cysts/ http://www.Thelamfoundation.Org/what-is- lam. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/copd/. ...Read more

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What are the causes of fluid around the heart and lungs in an infant.?

What are the causes of fluid around the heart and lungs in an infant.?

See below: By increased vessels permeability and slower lymphatic clearance in cases with a cardiac congestion or high blood volume output. ...Read more

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Where are the lungs located in the back?

Fronm neck down: From back of neck and shoulders to about one inch below scapula. ...Read more

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What is treatment for coughing up fluid from lungs?

What is treatment for coughing up fluid from lungs?

Depends.....: First, the etiology of the cough and "fluid" needs to be diagnosed. For example, the fluid could be from congestive heart failure or be inflammatory sputum from acute bronchitis or an asthma exacerbation. All of these etiologies have different treatments so see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and then the correct treatment rendered. If you are short of breath, go to the er. ...Read more

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Where does the fluid in hydrocele come from?

Where does the fluid in hydrocele come from?

Tunica vaginals: The testicles are protected by a membrane called the tunica vaginalis. For reasons that are sometimes obscure, this membrane starts secreting fluid(plasma) that accumulates thus forming the hydrocele. Sometimes, the reason for the increased secretions can be trauma or any other kind of physical insult. ...Read more

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What are some homeopathic treatments for fluid in the lungs?

What are some homeopathic treatments for fluid in the lungs?

None: There are no controlled clinical trials demonstrating efficacy for any homeopathic remedy for fluid in the lungs. There are allopathic remedies that are life saving. If you resort to homeopathy for this condition, the delay in your getting proper and complete diagnosis, and therapy, can lead to serious consequences that might have been avoided or alleviated. ...Read more

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Is fluid in the abdomen dangerous?

Is fluid in the abdomen dangerous?

Depends on: how much, what type, timing of development and other symptoms or conditions. At 87 I would take that finding very seriously and have it investigated soon. ...Read more

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How to get rid of fluid in the lungs naturally?

How to get rid of fluid in the lungs naturally?

LO salt, need help!: Fluid in lungs (pulmonary edema) can be due to many causes: heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure.... Pulmonary edema is usually treated with water pills (diuretics) and low salt diet. Depedending on the exact cause other medications may help: e.g. Coreg (carvedilol) for heart failure.. Management of pulmonary edema usually requires a physician team expert in internal medicine problems. ...Read more

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Lungs in fluid , problem in breathing and cuffing?

Lungs in fluid , problem in breathing and cuffing?

Several causes: Fluid in lungs can be due to several causes & it should be investigated by your doctor to determine appropriate therapy. Because the retained fluid in your lungs makes your lungs relatively stiff & makes it harder for oxygen to enter your body, it will lead to problems with breathing as the body tries to make up for this by breathing faster. Please consult a lung specialist for treatment. ...Read more

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Where does inflammatory fluid in the peritoneal cavity collect in a supine patient?

Where does inflammatory fluid in the peritoneal cavity collect in a supine patient?

Cul-De-Sac: Inflammatory fluid in the peritoneal cavity collects in the cul-de-sac between the uterus and rectum in women and between the posterior of the bladder and the rectum in men. It is the continuation of the peritoneal lining in this most dependent of areas that allows fluid to collect there. ...Read more

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What is the result of CT in lungs in pulmonary embolus?

What is the result of CT in lungs in pulmonary embolus?

See below: You can actually see the pulmonary embolus on a ct of the lungs with contrast and the proper protocol, that is why it is the gold standard for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is mild inflammatory change in fluid in the right mastoid air cells?

What is mild inflammatory change in fluid in the right mastoid air cells?

Infection?: Fluid in the mastoid sinuses is not common and you may be suffering from mastoiditis. Be sure to see a doctor soon. ...Read more

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Is it true that a build-up of fluid in the lungs will result in a reduced amount of oxygen in the blood returning to the heart?

Is it true that a build-up of fluid in the lungs will result in a reduced amount of oxygen in the blood returning to the heart?

If Bad Enough: The lungs have remarkable capacity to overcome problems with what we'd call "gas exchange", but if enough of the lung tissue is taken out of the picture (eg by being covered in fluid) then yes, the amount of oxygen brought back to the heart will definitely fall. ...Read more

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My grandfather is 91 and has chf. Doctors have him on Lasix (furosemide) to prevent fluid buildup around his heart/lungs. How much water can he drink safely?

My grandfather is 91 and has chf.  Doctors have him on Lasix (furosemide) to prevent fluid buildup around his heart/lungs.  How much water can he drink safely?

Ask his heart MD: At that age - and CHF - the amount of fluid that is safe to take in - can be very specific - and usually is balanced with the urine output - - check with his md - it will depend a lot on his ability of his heart to efficiently pump ( ejection fraction ) - done with echocardiogram, along with his kidney function ( blood tests - especially creatinine, blood urea nitrogen-bun and now GFR - great ? ! ...Read more

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What is best medicine for fluid in the lungs?

Why is there fluid?: The choice of therapy depends on accurate diagnosis. Plus, some therapies provide short term relief and others change the underlying physiologic processes. For one of the most common causes of fluid in the lungs, congestive heart "failure", medications called diuretics are prescribed. When your doc chooses which diuretic to use, it depends upon many other factors including heart & kidney function. ...Read more

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At what point does fluid in the lungs become deadly to you at 88?

At what point does fluid in the lungs become deadly to you at 88?

Get examined!: Persons who are 88 vary widely in their overall medical condition. What some persons can easily tolerate can be devastating in others. A complete evaluation is essential. There are many causes for such fluid that your physician will carefully weigh. ...Read more

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What are some homeopathic treatments for fluid in the lungs?

None: There are no controlled clinical trials demonstrating efficacy for any homeopathic remedy for fluid in the lungs. There are allopathic remedies that are life saving. If you resort to homeopathy for this condition, the delay in your getting proper and complete diagnosis, and therapy, can lead to serious consequences that might have been avoided or alleviated. ...Read more

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How to deminish fluid in the lungs due to congestive heart failure?

How to deminish fluid in the lungs due to congestive heart failure?

Why do you have CHF?: The answer in part requires your health care provider to determine why you have congestive heart failure and ruling out other possible causes for the fluid, and what other conditions you may have. Among the many important issues: do you have high blood pressure? Any lung disease? Kidney disease? A history of a past heart attack? What's your age? Has treatment been tried before? Did it work? ...Read more

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What can asthmatics do for lingering chest tightness?

Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
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What can asthmatics do for lingering chest tightness?

Asthma: If an asthmatic has some lingering chest pain or shortness of breath, it may be an indication of inadequate treatment of asthma. You may require more puffs of bronchodialtors or steroid containing inhalers, if these does not help, you probably will be benefited by breathing exercises or yoga. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
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Is it possible that I might have athsma at 60 in polluted city?

Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
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Is it possible that I might have athsma at 60 in polluted city?

Yes: External pollutants can stimulate asthma and make it worse. You do not need to be sixty to be affectedin a polluted city. ...Read more

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How does HPV go away?

How does HPV go away?

Often spontaneously: Human papillomavirus - hpv - isnow very common among young adults in the usa, with over 100 different sub-types known. In many persons, it spontaneously disappears entirely. In some, it persists and can lead to dysplasia (abnormal cells) or cancer. Other sub-types are associated with warts. A health care professional can provide treatment that can help specific lesions resolve. ...Read more

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What are essential public health services?

What are essential public health services?

There are ten: The ten essential public health services provide the framework for the nphpsp. Because the strength of a public health system rests on its capacity to effectively deliver the ten essential public health services, the nphpsp instruments health systems assess how well they perform them. As too little space here to list: see http://www.Apha.Org/programs/standards/performancestandardsprogram/resexxen. ...Read more

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Which type of cancer takes time for you to die ?

Which type of cancer takes time for you to die ?

Many types...: There are some cancers that tend to remain localized, giving plenty of time to remove them and leaving a very low likelihood that they will come back to kill; some common skin cancers fall in this category. In contrast, some benign tumors can prove quite deadly - such as certain "benign" brain tumors that nevertheless grow and destroy the brain. ...Read more

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Are public health causes getting good use on social media sites?

Not enough yet: I think that social media will prove helpful, but their sue so far is far too limited. However, much good (as well as bad) information can be found on the web. See www.Jpc-se.Org to learn about developing policy issues. (i am the chair of that international committee.). ...Read more

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If scans can early detect cancer why are we not doing them often enough?

If scans can early detect cancer why are we not doing them often enough?

Very important ques.: A scan may detect benign conditions or may even suggest something is there that isn't. This leads to more tests & sometimes invasive ones. Beyond just the time & costs, there can occasionally be serious injury from the very investigation. So, there needs to be a balancing of good vs harm. Plus earlier detection must occur at a juncture where intervention changes disease course -else it's pointless. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you had your last shot at doing something to cure cancer in you, what would you try?

I'm just wondering, if you had your last shot at doing something to cure cancer in you, what would you try?

Issue is:would I try: If a disease is advancing despite all standard therapy, two important decisons & choices need to me made: 1)am i still going towards "cure" (however we wish to define that) or for "palliation" (to improve quality of remaining life, and perhaps extending life span a bit) 2) relative potential benefits vs. Harms. Each instance & each person is unique-so maybe nothing, maybe something experimental. ...Read more

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6 yr son , his weight is same at 37 pounds since last year.He eat very less.I am afraid that his eating habit might hamper his growth. Any supplement?

6 yr son , his weight is same at 37 pounds since last  year.He eat very less.I am afraid that his eating habit might hamper his growth. Any supplement?

Lack of growth: Children tend to gain weight and height steadily, usually remainin gon their own particular curve. In a 6 year old, if weight has not changed at all in a full year, your primary care physician should begin an assessment of the many possible causes, and also check carefully how height has changed. In younger children, head circumference can also be a useful comparative measure. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Blumenfield
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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more