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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Ethiology: Need to determine the ethiology before i can tell you the treatment.
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
Determine cause: Pleural effusions, or fluid build-up around the lungs, is not normal. Pleural effusions can arise from infection, heart failure, liver failure, malig ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: What you feel depends on what is causing the effusion to begin with. An effusion may occur because of cardiac, pulmonary or pleural problems. The main ... Read More
Dr. Eric Toloza
29 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Shortness of breath: The key symptom of a pleural effusion is shortness of breath ... Since fluid is denser than air, and since the chest cavity is limited by the rib cage ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Sanders
15 years experience Pulmonology
See below: sometimes there are no symptoms if the effusion is small or develops slowly. Other times and most often, patients are short of breath. They can also ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Treat the cause: Treat the cause, as in congestive heart failure, effusions due to cancers could only be managed, if cancers are cured will disappears.
Dr. Peter Hahn
23 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends on cause: It really depends on the cause of the effusion. In general, treating the underlying cause such as congestive heart failure or pneumonia is most impor ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Inflammation : The potential space between chest wall and lungs has thin lining--- the pleura , chest wall lining the parietal pleura is very sensitive any inflamma ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
Fluid around lung: Fluids around the lung can be reactive to many things including pancreatitis, heart or kidney failure, reactive to spread of diseases such as cancer, ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sanders
15 years experience Pulmonology
See below....: A pleural effusion is when fluid accumulates in the pleural space. This space normally has about a teaspoon of pleural fluid to help the lungs slide ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Underlying Cause: There are many disease processes that can cause a pleural effusion. Therefore, the prognosis would ultimately depend on what the cause of the effusion ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Lehr
Dr. Eric Lehr answered
23 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Basically no: A pleural effusion is fluid between the chest wall and the lung. There are many causes of pleural effusions ranging from cancer to infection to infla ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Treat the cause: Pleural effusion is not a disease. It results when the production of pleural fluid exceeds the body's ability to reabsorb it. It has many causes (pneu ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Toloza
29 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Can be.: If fetus has pleural effusion, can affect development of the lungs. If mother has pleural effusion, can affect mom's breathing and getting oxygen to t ... Read More
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