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Causes Of Recurrent 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
No, but: Increased pleural fluid (effusion) may be caused by pulmonary edema and heart failure. This is because the heart is unable to pump the blood effectively and fluid backs up in the lungs and leaks out to the pleural space. The fluid can often be relieved by medication. Pneumonia can cause increased fluid as well, which is often infected (empyema). This is removed by a tube in the chest or surgery. ...Read more
Ct of the chest shows.there is no evidence of pleural effusion. lung show no interstitial markings or fibrosis.minor bronchiectasis noted.scared of tb?
Chest XRay - Latetal view demonstrates blunting of both costophrenic angles w/either small lung base pleural effusions are chronic pleural thickening.
If you have: previous chest X-rays to compare, that would be helpful in making the determination between mild pleural thickening(scarring) or effusion(fluid). There are numerous potential etiologies for each. Further imaging could include ultrasound, special chest xray views(decubitus views ), or CT scan. ...Read more
Defect: Ulcer of aorta with bleeding into wall creating wall-intramural hematoma-bruise. May heal or go on to leakage and reaction with fluid in chest. Local aortic tear-dissection can do a similar scene! ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pleural plaques: In most cases are without any symptoms and without any cause no limitation of activity. The plaques may mean previous exposure to asbestos, so the future problems of asbestos exposure are to be watched, but the plaques present won't turn to cancer either. Unles the plaques are large and many, they don't affect breathing. ...Read more
Many things: Pleural thickening is usually noticed on a ct chest which was performed for other reasons. Different exposures such as asbestos, previous infections, surgeries, or previous pleural effusions can leave thickening. Obviously if there are any concerning features than it needs to be further evaluated. ...Read more
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