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Does everyone with pleurisy have to have thoracentesis?

Does everyone with pleurisy have to have thoracentesis?

Not really: If pleurisy is associated with pleural effusion and symptoms warrant then it should be tapped. ...Read more

Dr. David Dang
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Thoracentesis (Definition)

When a patient has fluid around the lungs, sometimes we need to find out what caused it, other times we want to remove the fluid so the patient can breath easier. It takes place under sterile conditions by placing a needle into the chest wall from the back and connecting the needle with a catheter to a suction bottle which collects the fluid. Fluid is ...Read more


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Does everyone with pleurisy have to have thoracentesis to find a cause?

Does everyone with pleurisy have to have thoracentesis to find a cause?

Pleurisy, no: But pleural effusions usually should be investigated by a thoracentesis unless the cause is obviously heart failure. Even then, an initial thoracentesis should be done to confirm the cause. If you argue that not all effusions require a thoracentesis, then i need to know if you'll defend me if/when i get sued for missing an empyema or mesothelioma. ...Read more

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Does everyone with pleurisy have thoracentesis?

Does everyone with pleurisy have thoracentesis?

Not necessarily: Only when large collection of fluid accumulates. ...Read more

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How painful is pleurisy?

How painful is pleurisy?

Pain: Pein is perceived. There is no scale to predict pain. Physicians would never tell you how you will experience pain. It is the other way around. You tell us your experience. ...Read more

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If I have pleurisy can it reaccur?

If I have pleurisy can it reaccur?

Yes it can: Pleurisy is inflammation of which can occur due to multiple reasons eg viral, bacterial inf, collagen vascular diseases etc. ...Read more

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What happens is pleurisy is untreated?

Tincture of time +: Most cases of pleurisy are viral caused, so that time--usually under three weeks--will heal. Ice application alternating with heat may help. Analgesics such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxyn (aspirin related medication) will bring relief. If very severe--codeine. But if caused by infection, blood clot to the lung, traumatic bleeding, or immune reaction, must DX and rx specifically. ...Read more

Dr. Nisha Surenderanath
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Pleurisy (Definition)

Pleurisy is inflammation in the tissue that covers the lungs and chest wall. The main symptoms are chest pain associated with breathing. Treatments for pleurisy vary ...Read more