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fluid in the lungs and cancer

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
29 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Absolutely: Two reasons to drain it are for diagnosis, are there cancer cells in the effusion, this is bad. Bumps you up to stage 4. Two, therapeutically it will ... Read More
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Dr. David Cooke
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes : The fluid should be drained to alleviate shortness of breath. A pleurodesis can be performed to prevent the fluid from coming back. This can be done ... Read More
Dr. Scott Grover
26 years experience General Surgery
Only if symptomatic: High likelihood for recurrence so only if severe short of breath.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
No,: there are many other potential causes of pleural effusion.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
30 years experience Internal Medicine
Confusing: Question. Pleural effusions from lung cancer are expected to have malignant cells but could be pneumonic from secondary infections.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
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It depends: On the specific case. Discuss with treating physician.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Lin
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Ask surgeons....: Having pleural effusion one year after VATS labectomy for lung cancer naturally leads one to consider cancerous recurrence - alarming & worrisome. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
34 years experience Addiction Medicine
Determine cause: The cause of pleural effusion has to be determined whether it is reactive, may have been due to heart or treatment received, or spread of disease wher ... Read More
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
45 years experience General Surgery
This cancer: has poor prognosis. I think she might be coughing sputum, not bile, and she might have a pneumonia. Take her to her doctor for proper diagnosis and ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Effusion: I believe the next step should be a pleural biopsy which can be diagnostic of entities such as tb,asbestosis or mesothelioma,lymphoma for example. Kno ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
39 years experience General Surgery
Not directly: Fluid in the lungs may be related to fluid overload if the kidneys are not functioning, may be related to coincidental heart disease, or may be relate ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
35 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Maybe probably not: Fluid around the lungs is often secondary to infection, trauma, heart failure The build up of fluid in the pericardium may be due to heart failure, a ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
55 years experience Internal Medicine
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