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A 50-year-old female asked:

Reoccurring pleural effusion. 800 mlfluid drained left lung twice in 5 weeks. white count up. wheezing, short breath. no cancer. liver good. heart good. lung part collapsed. no fever no cough. ?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
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. Knowing whether the effusion is an exudate or transudate is helpful. In my opinion A pulmonologist or thoracic surgeon should be consulted in such cases.
Last updated Apr 17, 2018

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