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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
40 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Cause and effect: Pleural effusion is fluid in the chest cavity, in excess of what is normally there. This is due to an imbalance of production and absorption. Thoracen ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerardo Garcia
33 years experience General Surgery
Fluid/procedure: Pleural effusion is accumulation of fluid in the thoracic cavity, usually surrounding the lung. Thoracenthesis is the procedure to remove the fluid f ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Difference...: Pleural effusion means there is fluid present in the space surrounding the lung. A thoracentesis is a procedure where a needle is placed through the s ... Read More
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
23 years experience Thoracic Surgery
They're related: Pleural effusion: fluid in the space around your lung thoracentesis: procedure in which an effusion is drained by placing a catheter between the rib ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fietsam
35 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Dx vs. treatment: a pleural effusion in fluid within the chest space, usually, outside of the lung itself. a thoracentesis is a procedure where a needle is passed thro ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
17 years experience Pain Management
Yes : Depends on the cause. Pros: improvement of shortness of breath (dyspnea). Cons: pneumothorax is the most common clinically important complication. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Possible: Depends on cause of which there are many: pneumonia, cancer, heart failure, pulmonary embolism and more. Needs full evaluation and treatment.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: Depends on ethiology. Provide more information about context and severity to provide specific answer.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Linder
43 years experience Family Medicine
Radiology: Pleural effusion can be suggested on physical exam and can be diagnosed by chest x-ray, ct scan, mri, ultrasound or thoracentesis.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Chest fluid: The pleural space is inside the chest and outside the lung. The space usually has a small amount of natural fluid as lubricant for the lung -visceral ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Types of effusion: Pleural effusion is fluid in the space between lungs/chest well. The next step is to ask what kind of fluid is it . 2 types generally are 1: transudat ... Read More
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