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Bilateral pleural effusions and some ascites that was not there previously following a percutaneous liver bx. What exactly would be the cause?

Bilateral pleural effusions and some ascites that was not there previously following a percutaneous liver bx.  What exactly would be the cause?

Some malignancy: Not many lesions of the thoracic cage such as lung produce bilateral pleural effusion, some ascites and a metastatic focus in the liver. The most common abdominal lesion to behave in this fashion is ovarian Ca with metastasis. If you are not aware of a primary, liver bx and PET/CAT should resolve the issue so that proper treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

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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Can a percutaneous liver biopsy cause bilateral pleural effusions and ascites?

Not likely: Most likely the liver condition that you suffer from is at the root of your pleural effusions and ascites. A paracentesis- an abdominal tap or a thoracentesis, a pleural tap might help in better understanding their etiology. ...Read more

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I had a report saying that I have a minimal bilateral basal pleural effusion of uncertain clinical significance. What does it mean?

I  had a report saying that I have a minimal bilateral basal pleural effusion of uncertain clinical significance.  What does it mean?

It means: you have "water on your lungs" , which has many possible reasons. First of all your age is important, where you live and what your medical history is especially lung and heart problems. There are also infectious possibilities! See your PCP ASAP for complete person to person evaluation. Hope this helps! Good luck Dr Z ...Read more

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Bilateral pneumonia complicated by pleural effusion-- can this be fatal?

Bilateral pneumonia complicated by pleural effusion-- can this be fatal?

Probably not...: This condition is typically treated with antibiotcs and drainage of the effusion with a chest tube if it is large enough. Generally it is not fatal; however, if severe enough & not responsive to treatment, this can be very serious. ...Read more

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A week ago i had bilateral transudative pleural effusions. Is it normal for my 02 sats to be dropping to the mid 80s and feeling sob when i walk?

A week ago i had bilateral transudative pleural effusions. Is it normal for my 02 sats to be dropping to the mid 80s and feeling sob when i walk?

Get help now: If your o2 sats are dropping to the mid 80s while walking, you should go to the emergency department. You need urgent medical attention. Don't drive yourself because you could lose consciousness while driving. Have someone drive you or call a cab/911. ...Read more

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What is pleural effusion?

Fluid: Pleural effusion is fluid build up around the lung. If the fluid is large it can compress the lung. Fluid build up around the lung can come from pneumonia, infection, heart disease, less likely from a traumatic injury. ...Read more

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Is pleural effusion dangerous?

Is pleural effusion dangerous?

Possible: Depends on cause of which there are many: pneumonia, cancer, heart failure, pulmonary embolism and more. Needs full evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Pleural effusion, what is that?

Pleural effusion, what is that?

Collection of fluid: Plural cavity ( the space around lungs) normally will have very small amount fluid for lubrication around the lungs and chest wall. When detectable amount accumulates could be due to cancer cells deposits or could be due to heart&lung diseases( non cancers). ...Read more

Dr. David Cooke
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Pleural Effusion (Definition)

Pleural effusion is 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