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alternative treatments for pleural effusion

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
46 years experience Cardiology
None: None that i know of.
Dr. Michael Sanders
16 years experience Pulmonology
See below: I guess you mean alternatives to having it drained? If so, none that I know of.

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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Effusion...: There is always a small amount of fluid around the lung to lubricate the surfaces for breathing. A pleural effusion is when there is excess fluid in t ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Varies: If bacterial pneumonia with fluid= effusion are caught and treated early and with appropriate antibacterial agents, then full recovery is likely. If ... Read More
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Dr. Randy Stevens
24 years experience General Surgery
Advanced pneumonia: When someone has pnuemonia with plueral effusion the inflammation has caused fluid to accumulate outside the lung tissue and into the thoracic cavity ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
Depends on: The cause , if some one develops plural effusion after an attack of pancreatic inflammation , when it subsides effusion will clear , or some thing li ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
No: Then it is not a malignancy , successful treatment will resolve more often , some times need interventional treatment.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
21 years experience Hospital-based practice
Symptoms or signs?: Symptoms refers to what the PATIENT is feeling; signs are what is seen by doctors. An X-ray can still show the lingering signs of a pleural effusion, ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. K. Mujib Haque
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Heart failure? : Do you have heart failure? There are several reasons for Pleural effusion. Depending upon how large you might need thoracocentesis or fluid drained an ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arin Aboulian
16 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
It depends: So pleural effusion is seen on a chest x. ray, and after treatment (ie drainage), there should be a difference, however, if a cxr is taken day/ month ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
41 years experience Preventive Medicine
X-Ray does not show: symptoms, only density/ability to absorb X-Rays so they do not reach the film. Standard X-Ray images are just shadows, "shadograms" if you w ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
31 years experience General Surgery
Maybe: Not sure exactly what the question is, but X-ray changes typically lag behind clinical lung disease. In other words, you can get better, but the X-ray ... Read More

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