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Alternative Treatments For Pleural Effusion
Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate(thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative(heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling(thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need ...Read more
Drainage: Pleural effusions that cause symptoms can be drained either with needle aspiration (thoracentesis), with catheter drainage (pgitail), or with tube drainage (chest tube) ... Recurrent pleural effusions can be treated with indwelling pleurx catheter, especially if the lung is trapped and will not re-expand as in malignant effusion, or with thoracoscopic pleurodesis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is Akurit 4 tablet(containing 4 frontline drug for tuberculosis treatment) is alone enough to treat pulmonary tuberculosis with pleural effusion?
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 (pneumonia, heart failure, blood clots, trauma, bleeding). Fixing the underlying cause with or withourt draining the fluid usually results in "cure". With some exceptions, cancer that causes pleural effusion is not curable, but it it is treatable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: Surgery is the only method of achieving cure for gallbladder cancer. When not discovered incidentally during routine gallbladder surgery, gallbladder cancer usually presents in advanced stages. Therefore even with surgery, chances of total cure are low. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, though used, have not proven to be very successful in treating this disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: If bacterial pneumonia with fluid= effusion are caught and treated early and with appropriate antibacterial agents, then full recovery is likely. If the effusion is large, drainage by thoracic tap="thoracentesis can be diagnostic and therapeutic. Depending on age, smoking, etc. One likely needs cut scan and maybe bronchoscope to rule out cancer of the lung causing the pneumonia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe nothing: Treatment for pulmonary sarcoidosis in the modern era may involve "watchful waiting" instead of treatment with prednisone, or any other immune-suppressing medication. Treating too early with Prednisone may increase one's chances for recurrent disease, causing docs to wait to treat until there is evidence that the function of a vital organ--lungs, heart, brain, eyes, kidney--has become affected. ...Read more
IPF treatment: Steroids and nac do not work as by a recent not yet published randomized study. Pirfenidone is approved in japan and germany, at around $80, 000 every year. It stops deterioration in about 1/3 of treated patients but no improvement. I would not use it because the benefits are small. But I do have several patients who buy it overseas. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
No: No alternative therapies have been shown to be efficacious in pulmonary eosinophilia. In fact, i'm not sure of any actual trials of any alternative medications for this condition. Pulmonary eosinophilia is a finding, not a disease (it can be found with several diseases). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sorry: True hamman-rich pulmonary fibrosis is refractory to treatment, and if some chinese herb worked, the research piranhas at the nih would have snapped it up immediately. "chinese herbs" are unregulated, often not what they're supposed to be, and some are deadly poisons that have produced epidemics of liver failure. I'm sorry about your lung disease but don't make it worse. ...Read more
Photodynamic therapy may play a limited role in lung cancer treatment — generally complementing, rather than replacing, other forms of treatment: Photodynamic therapy may be an option for treating superficial non-small cell lung cancers that haven't spread beyond the lungs and those that are located in areas easily reached with the tools used during the treatment. Photodynamic therapy begins with the injection of a light-sensitive medication into a vein. One to three days later, the doctor shines light of a certain wavelength onto the tumor from inside the body — typically using a thin, lighted tube called a bronchoscope, which is passed through the mouth into the lungs. The light destroys the cells that have absorbed the light-sensitive medication. After photodynamic therapy, your whole body is sensitive to light. Generally you need to avoid any exposure to bright light, including the sun, for up to eight weeks after treatment. Photodynamic therapy isn't effective for cancer that has spread beyond the lung or tumors that can't be reached by the bronchoscope. ...Read more
Yes, but...: The problem with alternate medications (sometimes called "steroid-sparing" drugs) is that they tend to be slow in onset. It is very important with temporal arteritis to get control of the disease immediately, and only steroids will do this job. Once the disease is under control, other drugs may help you get off steroids sooner. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: There are some cancers that respond well to chemoembolization. Some can respond to radioembolization. Some localized areas can be treated with cryo or hyperthermia probes. Even stereotactic radiation. It depends on the cancer and other factors. In some responsive rumors chemo might be best. In a single lesion surgery might be the answer. Check with your doctor for the best approach. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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