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Effusion (Overview)

Increased joint fluid or blood in a joint.


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What does tiny tibiootalar join effusion mean?

What does tiny tibiootalar join effusion mean?

Ankle joint fluid: Effusion means fluid buildup. Tibiotalar refers to the main ankle joint. Such fluid can occur due to arthritis, infection, or trauma usually. There normally is a tiny amount of such fluid to lubricate joints in the body. Greater amounts would warrant evaluation for disease states. Fluid in this joint can be seen on xrays, ct, and MRI exams. ...Read more

Effusion (Overview)

Increased joint fluid or blood in a joint.


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What is plueral effusion?

Fluid in chest: Accumulation of fluid in the chest between the chest wall and the lungs. Can occur in many different disease states. ...Read more

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What is a pericardial effusion?

What is a pericardial effusion?

Fluid around heart: Heart muscle is covered by very thin layer of tissue called epicardium. Further surrounded by very thin partially distensible sac called pericardium. Space between epi- and peri- cardium always contains small amount of lubricating fluid. Epi or pericardium can become inflammed or fluid can leak into this space. When fluid accumulates and becomes detectable it is an "effusion.". ...Read more

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What's a trivial pericardial effusion?

What's a trivial pericardial effusion?

No concern: We all have small amounts of fluid in the pericardial sac around the heart. Think of motor oil for valves in engine which lubricates surfaces ti reduce friction. If we can see this on an echocardiogram we will frequently say trivial effusion. ...Read more

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How to treat loculated peritoneal effusion?

How to treat loculated peritoneal effusion?

Do you mean : Pleural effusion or peritoneal fluid? Either way, it will require drainage for diagnostic purposes at least, unless your doctor knows why it is there. If it persists, drainage under ct guidance or even surgical drainage becomes necessary. Ask your doctor who ordered the test what to do about this abnormal finding. ...Read more

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Trivial pericardial effusion. Is it serious?

Unlikely: It is normal to have a small amount of pericardial fluid present. Current imaging techniques are more sensitive and therefore it is seen more frequently. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a small pericardial effusion?

How dangerous  is a small pericardial effusion?

Depends : Usually this is a benign finding, but the reason for the echocardiogram and the clinical scenario are important to answer your question. I strongly suggest you sit down with the cardiologist and ask a few questions to make sure this is nothing to worry about ...Read more

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What meds do they give for pericardial effusion?

NSAIDS: Most common cause of effusion is inflammation of epi or pericardium. Best treatment is generally anti inflammatory agents. Could use steroids, but usual treatment is non steroidal agents typically Indomethacin although i believe any NSAID at equivalent dose is likely as effective. ...Read more

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What does circumferential pericardial effusion mean?

What does circumferential pericardial effusion mean?

Pericardial effusion: The fluid is all around the heart (circumferential) as opposed to only at places (loculated). ...Read more

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How are pericardial effusion and overloading related?

How are pericardial effusion and overloading related?

Overloading?: I do not quite understand what you mean by overloading? Did someone state that you have cardiac congestion? ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a reoccurring pericardial effusion?

No effective treatme: Chronic recurrent pericarditis is difficult to treat. In addition to the non steroidal medicines such as Ibuprofen during the acute exacerbation , Colchicine taken daily is often recommended to reduce the frequency of attacks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pericardial effusion?

What is the definition or description of: pericardial effusion?

Definition: An effusion is a fluid collection around the heart. The heart sits in a sac called the pericardium. Fluid can accumulate in this sac for various reasons (infection, inflammatory processes - sle, kidney disease, cancer). ...Read more

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What is the difference between a trivial and a small pericardial effusion?

Not much: Both are insignificant amounts and can even be the same if the echoes were read by different cardiologists. Not to worry as most likely just a different choice of words. ...Read more

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