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Does no focal consolidation and no pleural effusion in xray rule out copd?

Does no focal consolidation and no pleural effusion in xray rule out copd?

No not really: COPD is a functional diagnosis, meaning that it is diagnosed by doing a lung function test, also known as a pft. During this test, you do a serious of breathing maneuvers to determine if you have copd, which is basically inability to blow all the air out of your lungs. Having a chest xray with "no focal consolidation and no pleural effusion" means that it is clear. You could still have copd. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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I am guessing that if an elderly person (not me) has COPD & a pleural effusion (even if the person doesn't have a lung infection) then this would make it harder to survive sepsis. But if so, would either be likely to make a significant difference?

I am guessing that if an elderly person (not me) has COPD & a pleural effusion (even if the person doesn't have a lung infection) then this would make it harder to survive sepsis. But if so, would either be likely to make a significant difference?

COPD is diagnosis.: The pleural effusion is a SIGN or a symptom, not a "condition". In fact, by draining the effusion, doctors can run tests & perhaps figure out what is causing the problem. But it doesn't portend anything with regards to survival unless it becomes large. COPD is a DIAGNOSIS. It means that the lungs don't function properly. It makes surviving sepsis tougher, as lung problems can easily develop. TTYD. ...Read more

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HI Doctor, I had pleural effusion almost a year ago, Doctor diagnosed it and treated me for 6 months. Bt its symptoms r still on x ray.

HI Doctor, I had pleural effusion almost a year ago, Doctor diagnosed it and treated me for 6 months. Bt its symptoms r still on x ray.

Further workup: The bigger question is why a 23 year old would have persistent pleural effusions. Further workup to determine the specific diagnosis is needed, only then can treatment options/ prognosis be known. ...Read more

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Is it enough to conclude that someone is suffering from tuberculosis pleural effusion by only seeing x-ray and testing pleural fluid specially ADA lvl?

Is it enough to conclude that someone is suffering from tuberculosis pleural effusion by only seeing x-ray and testing pleural fluid specially ADA lvl?

TB: If a pleural effusion is caused by tuberculosis, a biopsy of the pleura should prove diagnostic. Simply examining the xray would not provide a definitive diagnosis. A pulmonologist or specialist in infectious diseases would be best qualified to work up such a patient. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on x-ray?

What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on x-ray?

Fluid collection: There is a lining that covers your lung and a lining that covers the chest wall. There is normally a small amount of fluid in between the two. However, when more fluid collects then it can be seen on a cxr. Causes are many. A ct chest can help further help evaluate the effusion and the lining of the lung. Sometimes sampling the fluid with an ultrasound guided thoracentesis is neccessary. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on the chest x-ray?

What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on the chest x-ray?

Fluid: A pleural effusion refers to fluid between the two very thin linings of the lung. This may develop due to heart failure, infection, trauma, inflammatory process or tumor. ...Read more

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Xray shows pleural effusion but radiologist doesnot attempt aspiration with remarks that it is multispace mild effusion 5mm dia what can be it??

Some times no need: Pleural effusions don't have to be aspirated especially with out symptoms, like your multi loculated ones attempt may even introduce infection. You have to find what caused and treat the cause. TB is prevalent your part, I am sure your doctor already ruled out tuberculosis and go follow up care. ...Read more

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How to differentiate pleural effusion and pulmonary edema in an x-ray?

How to differentiate pleural effusion and pulmonary edema in an x-ray?

Mobiliy / location: Pleural effusion is fluid that accumulates in pleural lining around lungs and is usually mobile.Pulmonary edema is fluid that accumulates in interstitial or alveolar spaces of the lungs proper. Pleural fluid will change configuration or move in the pleural space from. By changing patient position. Edema in lung proper not very mobile. Pleural fluid is easily seen by ultrasound of chest as peripheral ...Read more

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Doc stoped TB medicines after 6 mnths coz my Xray less hazy cp angles visible and pleural effusion D angle gone now. Only a shadow little left? Ok?

Doc stoped TB medicines after 6 mnths coz my Xray less hazy cp angles visible and pleural effusion D angle gone now. Only a shadow little left? Ok?

If U had a diagnosis: Of active TB, U must stay on meds 4 a year. I converted from neg-pos TB skin test from exposure, & had 2 take med 4 1 year, just due 2 conversion due 2 known contact. B sure U R Cing a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Pneumonia lower left, fluid right March 4. Xray tues show left white and right. Ct scan wed showed left clear right pleural effusion & atelectasis.?

Pneumonia lower left, fluid right March 4. Xray tues show left white and right. Ct scan wed showed left clear right pleural effusion & atelectasis.?

Here are some. ..: For an average 34-y-o female, you seemed getting a lot of radiation more than the necessity which most likely could be taken care of by good Hx + physical exam + effective counseling + collaborative F/U. Nonetheless, work closely with Doc. Besides, today's medical care has been under high pressure of political correctness, consumerism, & commercialism. Keeping these in mind will help the future. ...Read more

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Recovered from pleural effusion frm pneumonia 12 days ago but still having pleurisy. Is it normal? Ctscan, xray, cbc, tibc, ana, ferittin, TB shows normal

Recovered from pleural effusion frm pneumonia 12 days ago but still having pleurisy. Is it normal? Ctscan, xray, cbc, tibc, ana, ferittin, TB shows normal

Yes: In general, the pleural (lining of the lungs) may become inflammed or infected with a pneumonia. The fluid that is part of the normal lubrication of the lungs may collect abnormally -- which is called an effusion. Once it is resorbed, residual pain and discomfort may be experienced for several weeks to months after the event. ...Read more

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Pain on the back of chest and right arm. Easy fatigability ESR 58 chest xray done on 11 sep showed pleural effusion on right side but is now resolved?

Pain on the back of chest and right arm. Easy fatigability ESR 58 chest xray done on 11 sep showed pleural effusion on right side but is now resolved?

Tuberculosis?: Could be several causes. TB is more common in your country and can cause pain from inflammation of pulmonary I tissue, can increase ESR and cause pulmonary effusion. Have you had a PPD test? This may be helpful but can also be positive is previously exposed but have no active infection. There is a blood test called "quantiferon gold" which is useful to help make diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia diagnosed by doctor, confirmed chest XRAY (mild hazy infiltrate) considered pleural effusion? Chest pains and cough prompted visit to dr.

Is pneumonia diagnosed by doctor, confirmed chest XRAY (mild hazy infiltrate) considered pleural effusion? Chest pains and cough prompted visit to dr.

Pleural effusion: It sounds like you are concerned you have a pleural effusion along with the pneumonia you were diagnosed with. A pleural effusion would have been seen on the chest xray taken if it was significant. If it has been a while since your chest xray and you have completed a course of treatment and you are still coughing or short of breath, then please see your doctor again for re-evaluation. ...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


Dr. Michael Sanders
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Pleural Effusion (Definition)

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