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Had a cardiac mri. Finding: mild lv cavity dilation, normal lv systolic function; lvef 62%.Trivial pericardial & pleural effusion?

Had a cardiac mri. Finding: mild lv cavity dilation, normal lv systolic function; lvef 62%.Trivial pericardial & pleural effusion?

Sounds pretty normal: Ef is normal, tiny effusions are nothing to worry about. Was valvular function normal - ie no stenosis or regurgitation? Also, how much dilation? Was a volume given? Would followup with a cardiologist and make sure you optimize your therapy for high blood pressure among other conditions. The lv dilation and pericardial effusions could be followed with echocardiography. ...Read more

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Cardiac mri showed mod-large pericardial effusion 4 wks ago. Chest CT W/ CONTRAST showed no pericardial effusion. Why would that be. Is CT as good??

Cardiac mri showed mod-large pericardial effusion 4 wks ago. Chest CT W/ CONTRAST showed no pericardial effusion. Why would that be. Is CT as good??

Timeline : The cardiac MRI ought to be very accurate. The CT scan too ought to be able to see a moderate-large pericardial effusion. The CT followed or preceded MRI? Perhaps there was interval resolution. You need to provide timeline of these 2 tests, any intervening treatment, etc etc ...Read more

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Why would echo show small pericardial effusion, MRI show mod-large pericardial effusion. On the MRI it was located inferior to LV & RV. ?

Why would echo show small pericardial effusion, MRI show mod-large pericardial effusion. On the MRI it was located inferior to LV & RV. ?

Different techniques: For quantification, the MRI is a better technique and more precise. Having a small pericardial effusion is seen in perfectly normal people however a moderate to large pericardial effusion's is abnormal and should be closely followed up with your doctor. More weight should be put on the findings of the MRI. ...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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Ct chest adrenal nodule 1.9 CM right. Lungs demonstrate babisalar dependent atelectasis small subpleural bullae noted right up lobe trace pericardial?

Ct chest adrenal nodule 1.9 CM right. Lungs demonstrate babisalar dependent atelectasis small subpleural bullae noted right up lobe trace pericardial?

Adrenal eval: Hi. The adrenal nodule needs to be evaluated. What were the Hounsfield units on the non-contrast scan of the nodule? Your endocrinologist will determine: 1) if it's producing any hormones, and 2) if it's growing. If high Hounsfield units, it needs sooner evaluation. Any hirsutism, amenorrhea, diabetes, serious high blood pressure, sweating, headache, palpitations, etc? Good luck! ...Read more

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Fetal lung fluid & urine make amniotic fluid, right? So what caused oligohydramnios?

Fetal lung fluid & urine make amniotic fluid, right? So what caused oligohydramnios?

Decreased perfusion: Oligo can be either loss of fluid or decreased production. A stressed infant will shunt oxygenated blood to more vital organs, less renal perfusion, therefore less urine produced. Anything that decreases placental perfusion can cause it (abruption or placental separation, poor implantation, vascular problems, clots, uterine abnls, etc). There are too many causes to list here, ask your ob. ...Read more

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My mother has ovarian cancer, c. diff., pulmonary vascular congestion, bibasilar pleural effusions and cardiomegaly. Is prognosis days, weeks, etc.?

My mother has ovarian cancer, c. diff., pulmonary vascular congestion, bibasilar pleural effusions and cardiomegaly. Is prognosis days, weeks, etc.?

Poor, but...: Clinically & obviously, sorry to say your mom's life expectancy would be not long, but how long specifically is beyond someone online can suggest. In fact, asking her attending doc would be most decent to get pertinent answer since s/he know more about her than anyone online. Best... ...Read more

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Is fluid restriction helpful for pt has pleural effusion?

Not much: Need to identify cause and focus treatment on that. Heart failure, kidney failure, protein loss, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, post surgical, malignancy, etc. ...Read more

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Is trivial pericardial effusion normal in echocardiogram?26years old.

Is trivial pericardial effusion normal in echocardiogram?26years old.

Likely: We all normally have a measurable volume of fluid in the pericardial sac. The fluid is meant to provide lubrication to facilitate the movement of heart during contraction. ...Read more

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

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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Pleural plaques and pleural effusion, what is this?

Thickening and fluid: Pleural effusion is fluid around the lung. Pleural plaques are thickening of the lining of the lung and chest wall. Both can be due to numerous reasons including infection, heart failure, exposure to asbestos and cancer. ...Read more

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Would fluid restriction be good for pleural effusion?

No: There are several reasons for a pleural effusion. Treatment is dictated by the cause of the effusion. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What does "nodularity of visceral pleura" mean on CT scan? Was diagnosis with pleurisy and pleural effusion with atelectasis.

What does "nodularity of visceral pleura" mean on CT scan? Was diagnosis with pleurisy and pleural effusion with atelectasis.

Varying thickness: Concern scar, fluid pockets, or growth can make that appearance. Likely scar after pleurisy, but thoracic surgeon, orbpulmonologist should follow with you. ...Read more

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No pleural mass in chest CT scan,clear pleural exudate (lab results say it is exudate not transudate).No fever or cough. Rule out lung cancer?

No pleural mass in chest CT scan,clear pleural exudate (lab results say it is exudate not transudate).No fever or cough. Rule out lung cancer?

Lung Cancer unlikely: In a 30 year old, Lung cancer is not a likely cause of pleural effusion. Depending on other test results and symptoms(?any Fever), TB is one diagnosis high on the list. Your doctor should do further testing for TB and you may need emiric Anti-TB treatment if your fluid keeps reaccumulating or if you have fever on an ongoing basis and if there is significant weight loss. ESR is a useful test to do. ...Read more

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Pain-right lung d- dimer high + tachycardia- 140. Found mass in chest not pericardial. Can't needle biopsy. Ct scan of abdomen -ok. Thoughts?

Pain-right lung d- dimer high + tachycardia- 140. Found mass in chest not pericardial.  Can't needle biopsy. Ct scan of abdomen -ok.  Thoughts?

Further testing: A pet scan would be helpful to tell if its a malignancy. If a needle biopsy isnt feasable a thoroscope using fiiberoptics can be used to biopsy the lesion. ...Read more

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