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Lung Cancer With Pleural Effusion
My mother, 77, was recently diagnosed w Stage IV lung cancer w malignant pleural effusion. She started spitting up yellow bile. Is it spreading?
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Is it possible that CT scan shows no pleural masses while I have lung cancer and massive effusion?
Unusual but yes.: CT scans have limited resolution. They do NOT see everything. Usually large pleural effusions come from significant disease, but not always cancer. The only way to tell is to have the pleural effusion drained & sent for cytology & other testing (culture). The lab techs can spin down the fluid, isolate cells or bacteria that may be causing it. Talk to a pulmonologist or your primary doc. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does no focal consolidation, no effusion, or obvious pneumothorax in X-ray mean I should not stress myself out about having lung cancer?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is outcome for patient with end stage metastatic lung cancer & extreme pleural thickening (benign)? Has to have injections to liquefy & extract.
Metastatic lung Ca: ...Is fatal in nearly all circumstances but the time course varies on tumor type, treatment and what organs are involved in the spread. The fluid in the chest may or maynot have cancer cells, but is likely malignancy associated at least. Repeat drainage procedures are reasonable. A catheter that remains in place is an option if it recurs frequently. Pleurodesis is option, but look at risk/benefit. ...Read more
Sometimes: Pleural effusions can occur for a variety of reasons. Cancer is a cause of pleural effusion. How serious it is generally depends upon the underlying cause and the amount of fluid. Temporary relief can be achieved with drainage of the effusion (called thoracentesis). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Goodmorning. Which are the differences between pleural effusion end pulmonary edema on lung auscultation?
Pleural effusion cp angle x ray left lung hosp taking long time in tests n dates for pleural aspiration em fed up will delay make disease more severe?
Yes and No: Delay up to one week acceptable. Any longer get a second opinion and another MD ...Read more
Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried
Do COPD or a pleural effusion typically cause "crackles". The crackles are apparently heard at the base of the lungs.
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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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