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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Fluid In The Lungs (Definition)

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


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My pleural effusion healed without treatment . How?

Effusion...: There is always a small amount of fluid around the lung to lubricate the surfaces for breathing. A pleural effusion is when there is excess fluid in this space surrounding the lung. Depending on the cause of the effusion, if it is small and the cause resolves, the pleural fluid can get re-absorbed without the need for drainage. ...Read more

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What are the treatment and prognosis for pneumonia and pleural effusion?

What are the treatment and prognosis for pneumonia and pleural effusion?

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 more

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Does pleural effusion from ascities resolve by itself without treatment ?

Depends on: The cause , if some one develops plural effusion after an attack of pancreatic inflammation , when it subsides effusion will clear , or some thing like advanced malignancy will not clear speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Does malignant minimal pleural effusion resolve on its own without treatment ?

Time will tell: This is a complicated question. It frequently can regress with treatment but much is dependent on type of malignancy, nutritional status , tumor burden and location as well as overall status. It needs to be watched carefully. ...Read more

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Pleural effusion symptoms are still in X ray even after 6 month treatment.. any solution?

Pleural effusion symptoms are still in X ray even after 6 month treatment.. any solution?

Symptoms or signs?: Symptoms refers to what the PATIENT is feeling; signs are what is seen by doctors. An X-ray can still show the lingering signs of a pleural effusion, especially if the pleural effusion is caused by "trapped" lung, cancer, or a severe infection. So, the "solution" depends on the CAUSE of the pleural effusion & what was done to treat it. Talk to ur doctor / pulmonologist for advice. Diagnosis is key ...Read more

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Hi I have bilaterat pleural effusion in right chest. Kindly suggest some effective treatment. Thanks?

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I have bilaterat pleural effusion in right chest. Kindly suggest some effective treatment.
Thanks?

Heart failure? : Do you have heart failure? There are several reasons for Pleural effusion. Depending upon how large you might need thoracocentesis or fluid drained and analyzed. If cough fever this could be infected or empyema thus requiring chest tube drainage. However it is usually only on one side. In summary if this is a new Pleural effusion the cause must be worked up. ...Read more

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Doctor told me that symptoms of pleural effusion wont go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

It depends: So pleural effusion is seen on a chest x. ray, and after treatment (ie drainage), there should be a difference, however, if a cxr is taken day/ month later the effusion may have recurred. I do not have enough room to go into any further details however if a pleural effusion is seen on a chest x ray and it is large enough that it can be tapped, then it should be tapped for diagnosis & treatment ...Read more

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Doctor told me that symptoms of Pleural effusion won't go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

Doctor told me that symptoms of Pleural effusion won't go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

X-Ray does not show: symptoms, only density/ability to absorb X-Rays so they do not reach the film. Basically standard X-Ray images are just shadows, "shadograms" if you will, using higher frequency (above visible light) electromagnetic radiation. The shadows, on X-Rays, of pleural effusions/lung densities, etc. may linger longer than the effusion itself due proteins which take longer for body to remove than water. ...Read more

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Doctor told me that symptoms of Pleural effusion won't go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

Maybe: Not sure exactly what the question is, but X-ray changes typically lag behind clinical lung disease. In other words, you can get better, but the X-ray may still look abnormal for a while. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are some options for the treatment of pleural effusion of both lower lobes causing pain and impeding full breaths after multiple pleurodeses?

What are some options for the treatment of pleural effusion of both lower lobes causing pain and impeding full breaths after multiple pleurodeses?

Depends on cause: The CAUSE of the pleural effusions is the most important factor. Both sides usually means heart failure, liver problems, kidney failure, or cancer in both lung spaces. All of these are difficult problems without easy answers. It is important to talk to an experience thoracic (chest) surgeon about the cause, and the possible treatments, which depend on the cause. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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I am patient of TB pleural effusion, from nine month I am under treatment, taking levofloxacin 750mg and r-cinex 600mg.But still my exray is not clear?

I am patient of TB pleural effusion, from nine month I am under treatment, taking levofloxacin 750mg and r-cinex 600mg.But still my exray is not clear?

TB pleuritis: Treatment is indeed prolonged and in the us we use four medicines to make sure in hitting even resistant ones. Clearing may take time, and may not completely look clear after even if the fluid is gone, there may be scars and pleural thickening as residuals. If there is still fluid, it should be retapped to make sure the organism is not resistant to the antibiotics. ...Read more

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I started treatment of tuberculosis (pleural effusion) one month ago, still no weight gain, ribs pain, low grade fewer, sweating, cough, please help me out.

I started treatment of tuberculosis (pleural effusion) one month ago, still no weight gain, ribs pain, low grade fewer, sweating, cough, please help me out.

Proper specialist: Agree with other physicians. Tuberculosis treatment follows guidelines and recommendations as per centers for disease control (cdc). Anyone being treated for TB should have an appropriate infectious disease and/or health department consult. Most important is compliance with meds and cdc guidelines. This link may help: http://goo.Gl/v29lm. ...Read more

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Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and pleural effusion. What is treatment?

Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and pleural effusion. What is treatment?

It depends: Breast cancers come in many "flavors", and this will determine the treatment. Usually it's a form of chemotherapy given by mouth or by vein. Xeloda is given by mouth, and there are many intravenous chemotherapies. Sometimes hormone blocking medications are very effective if the cancer has the estrogen or Progesterone receptor on its surface. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is useful if it has her2 on its surface. ...Read more

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Left sided pleural effusion diagnosed as TB. After 4 month treatment feel a pull in left lung when i sneeze yawn cough or take a deep long breath.

Pleural effusion: The effusion may not have fully cleared yet but the most likely feeling is some scar tissue has formed and attached some of the lung to the chest wall. The lung itself has no pain fibers but the lining of the chest wall does and this could cause the feeling you have. You need to follow up with your MD and get a repeat chest X-Ray. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a pleural effusion?

Fluid pleural space: The pleusa is a specialized tissue that lines the lung(visceral pleura) and the thorax(parietal pleura), every day it is estimated up to 9 liters of fluid could be exchanged in between the pleuras. This fluid traverses the pleural spaces and gets absorbed in the visceral pleuras. The process is seamless but conditions that affect the pleura or the lungs may result in fluid buildup in the space. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get pleural effusion?

Usually bad sign: There are many causes of pleural effusion, most of which are effects of other diseases. Congestive heart, liver and kidney failure tend to creat fluid effusions. Many types of cancers cause malignant effusions of cancer cells. Pneumonia can cause empyema, which is a pus effusion. Trauma can cause a bloody effusion. Damage to lungs can also cause. Treat underlying cause or drain by tube or aspirate. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sanders
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Pleural Effusion (Definition)

A symptom in which a person has liquid in the chest between the lungs and the chest wall ribs. Since the liquid takes up space, the person will have less room for the lungs to expand into, and so the effusion may ...Read more


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