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A 47-year-old male asked:

87 year old male , thoracentesis done , chest tube removed. now hospital is ok to discharge .latest chest x-ray-1. suspect small left pneumothorax.2. left lower lobe opacity increased compared to prior exam.3. small left pleural effusion. its ok?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Timing for discharge remains extremely delicate as a variety of things will have to be in place. He will need tight follow up specifically for worsening changes in the lungs, left lower opacity. Performance status will be critical as well as rehab may be needed.
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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 59 years experience
I am not sure if "OK" as I do have not seen him. These problems can develop after thoracentsis. Discuss with his local team. Trust they found out the cause of the problem.
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Last updated Nov 18, 2021
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