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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Recurrent Pleural Effusion

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I need information on pleural effusion causes?

I need information on pleural effusion causes?

Many: Cancer, pneumonia, trauma, liver disease, kidney disease, radiation, esophageal problem, other infection, pancreatitis, etc. ...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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What are the causes of loculated pleural effusion?

Several: The fluid, or initial bloody fluid, or pus settles to the bottom of the pleural space (between the lung and the chest wall)
it clots or gets thick and sticks in the dependent area and the lung sticks around it.
If there is a lot of bloody or fibrinous fluid it may get stuck in several places- collections called loculations. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pain after a pleural effusion?

What is the cause of pain after a pleural effusion?

Inflammation: The potential space between chest wall and lungs has thin lining--- the pleura, chest wall lining the parietal pleura is very sensitive any inflammation will cause severe pain, effusion is the result of inflammation on the pleura. ...Read more

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Is renal dysfunction can cause pleural effusion?

Is renal dysfunction can cause pleural effusion?

Yes: Renal dysfunction is a cause of pleural effusions. These are actually quite common in dialysis patients. ...Read more

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How does mesolthelioma of the pleura cause pleural effusion?

How does mesolthelioma of the pleura cause pleural effusion?

From the lining: The lethal mesothelioma develops from the lining of chest wall, the tumor secrets fluid, resulting the pleural effusion. ...Read more

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Does multiple fibroid cause minimal pleural effusion in the rightlung and asicities?

Does multiple fibroid cause minimal pleural effusion in the rightlung and asicities?

Unlikely: Uterine fibroids may be symptomatic but abdominal or pelvic! Chest would need another evaluation and duagnosis. Ascites would also imply more issues. ...Read more

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Is pleural effusion recurrent? And what are the pros and cons of doing thoracentesis repeatedly?

Can be: Need to identify the cause.
If heart failure, treat the problem.
If infection, treat the problem.
If cancer, treat the problem.
Some need tubes, some need internal drainage, etc
respective thoracentesis has some risks.
Pneumothorax, infection, and may not completely drain.
Can be diagnostic so it is a good help many times. ...Read more

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How does CHF cause pleural effusion?

Leaky lungs: The pulmonary lymphatic system can hold about 4 liters of fluid per lung (8 liters total) before they start to leak. In heart failure, there is back pressure from the left side of the heart into the lungs; if there is enough pressure to result in more than 4 liters backing up on one side, the lungs will leak into the pleural space leading to an effusion. ...Read more

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I used to take akurit for pleural effusion, heard akurit causes vision chnges, is there a possibility that my floaters are side effects of akurit?

I used to take akurit for pleural effusion, heard akurit causes vision chnges, is there a possibility that my floaters are side effects of akurit?

Vision Changes: Some of the components in Akurit, such as INH can cause optic Neuritis and may cause damage to the optic nerve. I doubt that it is responsible for your floaters. Check with an Ophthalmologist to see why u have the floaters. ...Read more

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Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

Yes: The presence of pleural fluid indicates involvement of the pleura - inflammation there (commonly called pleurisy) can accompany pneumonia and is painful with inspiration or cough. NSAIDs, (like ibuprofen) are often very effective for this type of pain. ...Read more

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Why do people get stomach pains when they have a pleural effusion? How are they caused?

Reffered pain: This type of pain is called reffered pain. Usually this happens when two areas are supplied by the same nerve, but not always. Pleural pain can be felt in upper stomach, just as heart attack pain can be felt in stomach, shoulder, left arm, or even jaw. ...Read more

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I have been told I have pleural effusion, caused by a lung infection, but I am on holiday can it wait til I get home to get treated?

I have been told I have pleural effusion, caused by a lung infection, but I am on holiday can it wait til I get home to get treated?

It would be unwise: To wait as potentially there could be a rapid progression of both fluid production and spread of infection. It could be so rapid that you would die before appropriate management could even be initiated. You might be sad about missing holiday this year but at least you will be alive to have a holiday next year. ...Read more

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What is the cause of multi loculated pleural effusion in adults? I had also high fever, rib pain, back pain.

What is the cause of multi loculated pleural effusion in adults? I had also high fever, rib pain, back pain.

Multiloculated: A pleural effusion means there is fluid in that chest cavity. Multiloculated means that the fluid isn't just one single continuous collection but is either multiple or divided in some fashion.

With high fever, rib pain and back pain infection is certainly a concern and you need to seek care urgently. ...Read more

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Does pleural effusion cause excess gas and burping as well as chest pain?

Does pleural effusion cause excess gas and burping as well as chest pain?

No: A pleural effusion can cause symptoms based on volume. If large enough, the symptoms are shortness of breath or possibly chest pain. Excess gas is not one of the findings. ...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?

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

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How to manage pleural effusion?

Depends: Depends on ethiology. Provide more information about context and severity to provide specific answer. ...Read more

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How is pleural effusion diagnosed?

Imaging: Either a chest xray, CT chest or ultrasound. Often we find pleural effusions on abdominal imaging as an incidental finding. ...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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What should I do about pleural effusion?

What should I do about pleural effusion?

Determine cause: Pleural effusions, or fluid build-up around the lungs, is not normal. Pleural effusions can arise from infection, heart failure, liver failure, malignancies or trauma. The treatment will depend on the cause. Your doctor will need to run some tests and may need to sample some of the fluid to characterize it. If there is a lot of fluid and you are symptomatic, thoracentesis may be required. ...Read more

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What are the key symptoms of pleural effusion?

See below: Sometimes there are no symptoms if the effusion is small or develops slowly. Other times and most often, patients are short of breath. They can also have pain due to the fluid irritating the lining of the lung - called pleurisy. ...Read more

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What is a pleural effusion? How is it treated?

Fluid around lung: Fluid in the pleural space around the lung can come from heart failure, cancer, infection, etc.
It is treated by drainage with a needle, insertion of a chest tube, or surgery. ...Read more

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Which is the best way to treat pleural effusion?

Depends on cause: It really depends on the cause of the effusion. In general, treating the underlying cause such as congestive heart failure or pneumonia is most important. ...Read more

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What is minimal pleural effusion or thickening right?

Tuberculosis: Yoy have tuberculosis (tb) noted in your history. Tb can cause abnormalities like pleural thickening and effusion. The treatment your are taking is appropriate and you should be following along with your doctor. Your x-ray or ct scan evaluates the lung and the radiologist interprets the findings. ...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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