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My pleural effusion healed without treatment. How?

My pleural effusion healed without treatment. How?

Effusion...: There is always a small amount of fluid around the lung to lubricate the surfaces for breathing. A pleural effusion is when there is excess fluid in this space surrounding the lung. Depending on the cause of the effusion, if it is small and the cause resolves, the pleural fluid can get re-absorbed without the need for drainage. ...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


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What are the treatment and prognosis for pneumonia and pleural effusion?

What are the treatment and prognosis for pneumonia and pleural effusion?

Varies: If bacterial pneumonia with fluid= effusion are caught and treated early and with appropriate antibacterial agents, then full recovery is likely.
If the effusion is large, drainage by thoracic tap="thoracentesis can be diagnostic and therapeutic.
Depending on age, smoking, etc. One likely needs cut scan and maybe bronchoscope to rule out cancer of the lung causing the pneumonia. ...Read more

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Does pleural effusion from ascities resolve by itself without treatment?

Depends on: The cause, if some one develops plural effusion after an attack of pancreatic inflammation, when it subsides effusion will clear, or some thing like advanced malignancy will not clear speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Does malignant minimal pleural effusion resolve on its own without treatment?

Time will tell: This is a complicated question. It frequently can regress with treatment but much is dependent on type of malignancy, nutritional status, tumor burden and location as well as overall status. It needs to be watched carefully. ...Read more

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Pleural effusion symptoms are still in X ray even after 6 month treatment. Any solution?

Pleural effusion symptoms are still in X ray even after 6 month treatment. Any solution?

Symptoms or signs?: Symptoms refers to what the PATIENT is feeling; signs are what is seen by doctors. An X-ray can still show the lingering signs of a pleural effusion, especially if the pleural effusion is caused by "trapped" lung, cancer, or a severe infection. So, the "solution" depends on the CAUSE of the pleural effusion & what was done to treat it. Talk to ur doctor / pulmonologist for advice. Diagnosis is key ...Read more

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Hi I have bilaterat pleural effusion in right chest. Kindly suggest some effective treatment. Thanks?

Hi I have bilaterat pleural effusion in right chest. Kindly suggest some effective treatment. Thanks?

Heart failure?: Do you have heart failure? There are several reasons for Pleural effusion. Depending upon how large you might need thoracocentesis or fluid drained and analyzed. If cough fever this could be infected or empyema thus requiring chest tube drainage. However it is usually only on one side. In summary if this is a new Pleural effusion the cause must be worked up. ...Read more

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Doctor told me that symptoms of pleural effusion won't go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

It depends: So pleural effusion is seen on a chest x. ray, and after treatment (ie drainage), there should be a difference, however, if a cxr is taken day/ month later the effusion may have recurred.
I do not have enough room to go into any further details however if a pleural effusion is seen on a chest x ray and it is large enough that it can be tapped, then it should be tapped for diagnosis & treatment ...Read more

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Doctor told me that symptoms of Pleural effusion won't go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

Doctor told me that symptoms of Pleural effusion won't go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

X-Ray does not show: Symptoms, only density/ability to absorb X-Rays so they do not reach the film. Standard X-Ray images are just shadows, "shadograms" if you will, using higher frequency (above visible light) electromagnetic radiation. The shadows, on X-Rays, of pleural effusions/lung densities, etc. Often linger much longer than the effusion itself due to proteins which take longer for body to remove than water. ...Read more

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Doctor told me that symptoms of Pleural effusion won't go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

Maybe: Not sure exactly what the question is, but X-ray changes typically lag behind clinical lung disease. In other words, you can get better, but the X-ray may still look abnormal for a while. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are some options for the treatment of pleural effusion of both lower lobes causing pain and impeding full breaths after multiple pleurodeses?

What are some options for the treatment of pleural effusion of both lower lobes causing pain and impeding full breaths after multiple pleurodeses?

Depends on cause: The CAUSE of the pleural effusions is the most important factor. Both sides usually means heart failure, liver problems, kidney failure, or cancer in both lung spaces. All of these are difficult problems without easy answers. It is important to talk to an experience thoracic (chest) surgeon about the cause, and the possible treatments, which depend on the cause. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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I am patient of TB pleural effusion, from nine month I am under treatment, taking levofloxacin 750mg and r-cinex 600mg. But still my exray is not clear?

I am patient of TB pleural effusion, from nine month I am under treatment, taking levofloxacin 750mg and r-cinex 600mg. But still my exray is not clear?

TB pleuritis: Treatment is indeed prolonged and in the us we use four medicines to make sure in hitting even resistant ones. Clearing may take time, and may not completely look clear after even if the fluid is gone, there may be scars and pleural thickening as residuals. If there is still fluid, it should be retapped to make sure the organism is not resistant to the antibiotics. ...Read more

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I started treatment of tuberculosis (pleural effusion) one month ago, still no weight gain, ribs pain, low grade fewer, sweating, cough, please help me out.

I started treatment of tuberculosis (pleural effusion) one month ago, still no weight gain, ribs pain, low grade fewer, sweating, cough, please help me out.

Proper specialist: Agree with other physicians. Tuberculosis treatment follows guidelines and recommendations as per centers for disease control (cdc). Anyone being treated for TB should have an appropriate infectious disease and/or health department consult. Most important is compliance with meds and cdc guidelines. This link may help: http://goo. Gl/v29lm. ...Read more

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Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and pleural effusion. What is treatment?

Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and pleural effusion. What is treatment?

It depends: Breast cancers come in many "flavors", and this will determine the treatment. Usually it's a form of chemotherapy given by mouth or by vein. Xeloda is given by mouth, and there are many intravenous chemotherapies. Sometimes hormone blocking medications are very effective if the cancer has the estrogen or Progesterone receptor on its surface. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is useful if it has her2 on its surface. ...Read more

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Left sided pleural effusion diagnosed as TB. After 4 month treatment feel a pull in left lung when I sneeze yawn cough or take a deep long breath.

Pleural effusion: The effusion may not have fully cleared yet but the most likely feeling is some scar tissue has formed and attached some of the lung to the chest wall. The lung itself has no pain fibers but the lining of the chest wall does and this could cause the feeling you have. You need to follow up with your MD and get a repeat chest X-Ray. ...Read more

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I have been told I have pleural effusion, caused by a lung infection, but I am on holiday can it wait til I get home to get treated?

I have been told I have pleural effusion, caused by a lung infection, but I am on holiday can it wait til I get home to get treated?

It would be unwise: To wait as potentially there could be a rapid progression of both fluid production and spread of infection. It could be so rapid that you would die before appropriate management could even be initiated. You might be sad about missing holiday this year but at least you will be alive to have a holiday next year. ...Read more

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What is pleural effusion?

Fluid: Pleural effusion is fluid build up around the lung. If the fluid is large it can compress the lung. Fluid build up around the lung can come from pneumonia, infection, heart disease, less likely from a traumatic injury. ...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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Pleural effusion, what is that?

Collection of fluid: Plural cavity (the space around lungs) normally will have very small amount fluid for lubrication around the lungs and chest wall. When detectable amount accumulates could be due to cancer cells deposits or could be due to heart&lung diseases (non cancers). ...Read more

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How to manage pleural effusion?

Depends: Depends on ethiology. Provide more information about context and severity to provide specific answer. ...Read more

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How is pleural effusion diagnosed?

Imaging: Either a chest xray, CT chest or ultrasound. Often we find pleural effusions on abdominal imaging as an incidental finding. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a pleural effusion?

Fluid pleural space: The pleusa is a specialized tissue that lines the lung (visceral pleura) and the thorax (parietal pleura), every day it is estimated up to 9 liters of fluid could be exchanged in between the pleuras. This fluid traverses the pleural spaces and gets absorbed in the visceral pleuras. The process is seamless but conditions that affect the pleura or the lungs may result in fluid buildup in the space. ...Read more

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What should I do about pleural effusion?

Determine cause: Pleural effusions, or fluid build-up around the lungs, is not normal. Pleural effusions can arise from infection, heart failure, liver failure, malignancies or trauma. The treatment will depend on the cause. Your doctor will need to run some tests and may need to sample some of the fluid to characterize it. If there is a lot of fluid and you are symptomatic, thoracentesis may be required. ...Read more

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What are the key symptoms of pleural effusion?

See below: Sometimes there are no symptoms if the effusion is small or develops slowly. Other times and most often, patients are short of breath. They can also have pain due to the fluid irritating the lining of the lung - called pleurisy. ...Read more

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What is a pleural effusion? How is it treated?

Fluid around lung: Fluid in the pleural space around the lung can come from heart failure, cancer, infection, etc.
It is treated by drainage with a needle, insertion of a chest tube, or surgery. ...Read more

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I need information on pleural effusion causes?

Many: Cancer, pneumonia, trauma, liver disease, kidney disease, radiation, esophageal problem, other infection, pancreatitis, etc. ...Read more

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Which is the best way to treat pleural effusion?

Depends on cause: It really depends on the cause of the effusion. In general, treating the underlying cause such as congestive heart failure or pneumonia is most important. ...Read more

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What are the causes of loculated 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 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


Effusion (Definition)

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