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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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Life expectancy malignant pleural effusion?

Life expectancy malignant pleural effusion?

Depesinds on primary: Depends on primary site and spread to other organs, some like mesothelioma will not be good, isolated plural effusion from breast responds well to chemotherapy.Rarely cured. ...Read more

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Mother, 85, diagnosed with malignant pleural effusion adenocarcinoma; life expectancy?

Mother, 85, diagnosed with malignant pleural effusion adenocarcinoma; life expectancy?

Varies: I am sorry to hear about your mother's illness.

There is no easy answer on this--i have seen spans of weeks to years. A lot has to do with her pre-illness condition, amount of weight loss, symptoms, time in the hospital.

I try in my own practice to emphasize "quality of life" as more important than "quantity of life."

i have seen people do better than expected; maintain realistic hope. ...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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Are all pleural effusion from stage 4 lung cancer malignant?

Are all pleural effusion from stage 4 lung cancer malignant?

Confusing: Question. Pleural effusions from lung cancer are expected to have malignant cells but could be pneumonic from secondary infections. ...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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How common is it for somebody to get pleural effusion?

How common is it for somebody to get pleural effusion?

Usually bad sign: There are many causes of pleural effusion, most of which are effects of other diseases. Congestive heart, liver and kidney failure tend to creat fluid effusions. Many types of cancers cause malignant effusions of cancer cells. Pneumonia can cause empyema, which is a pus effusion. Trauma can cause a bloody effusion. Damage to lungs can also cause. Treat underlying cause or drain by tube or aspirate. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are common symptoms of a pleural effusion?

Shortness of breath: It depends on what is causing it and how large it is. The more fluid the more it compresses and collapses the lung. The collapsed lung can not breathe for you. Effusions multifactorial, inflammation, heart failure, pneumonitis, cancer, post obstructive pneumonia, heart failure, kidney failure, hypoalbuminemia, granulomatosis etc. Shortness of breathatrestorexcertioninability to breathe laying flat. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pleural effusion with multiple location?

Mgt.: Please evaluate cardiac function and for infectious causes. Malignancy is another possible cause.
The fluid may be analyzed and if the effusion is causing respiratory compromise a chest tube may be placed immediately.
Depending on the cause and size of the effusion, your pulmonary specialist, will determine the need for chest tube placement. ...Read more

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What are common signs and symptoms of a pleural effusion?

Shortness of breath: As the chest cavity fills with fluid, the lung gets compressed. This can lead to shortness of breath, as well as possible chest pain, depending on the cause of the effusion. Fever is another possible finding, but is also related to the cause of the effusion. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pleural plaques and pleural effusion?

What is the difference between pleural plaques and pleural effusion?

Thickening and fluid: Pleural effusion is fluid around the lung. Pleural plaques are thickening of the lining of the lung and chest wall. Both can be due to numerous reasons including infection, heart failure, exposure to asbestos and cancer. ...Read more

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Is tuberculous pleural effusion infectious?

Is tuberculous pleural effusion infectious?

No: Only pulmonary TB is infectious; pleural TB is not. ...Read more

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Can a patient with pleural effusion be contagious?

Depends: Depends on what is causing the pleural effusion. If the effusion is secondary to a pneumonia caused by a contagious organism then maybe. Otherwise no. ...Read more

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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

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Would fluid restriction be good for pleural effusion?

No: There are several reasons for a pleural effusion. Treatment is dictated by the cause of the effusion. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How are pleural effusion and thoracentesis different?

Cause and effect: Pleural effusion is fluid in the chest cavity, in excess of what is normally there. This is due to an imbalance of production and absorption. Thoracentesis is drainage of that fluid by placing a needle in the chest. This removes the fluid for diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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How many times can pleural effusion in a baby be drained?

How many times can pleural effusion in a baby be drained?

As many as needed: As many times as needed until correction of the causative process can be addressed. Question is too inespecific to give context to a more thorough explanation and answer. ...Read more

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Is fluid restriction helpful for pt has pleural effusion?

Not much: Need to identify cause and focus treatment on that.
Heart failure, kidney failure, protein loss, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, post surgical, malignancy, etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion? Cancer?

What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion? Cancer?

May be due to spread: 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 does mesolthelioma of the pleura cause pleural effusion?

How does mesolthelioma of the pleura cause pleural effusion?

From the lining: The lethal mesothelioma develops from the lining of chest wall, the tumor secrets fluid, resulting the pleural effusion. ...Read more

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What type of cancer generally cause pleural effusion in males?

What type of cancer generally cause pleural effusion in males?

Any cancer in lung: Any cancer that originates in the lung or spreads to lung from other organs can cause pleural effusion. Other than primary lung cancer, cancers from intestine, liver, adrenal, prostate, pancreas, stomach etc can all spread to the lungs. ...Read more

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What effects will a pleural effusion would have on ventilation?

Could decrease: Ventilation is measures as volume/ time. If there is less volume then there is likely less ventilation. Depending on the patients reserves, thy may have variing amounts of compromise. ...Read more

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How many times can pleural effusion be drained without coming back?

How many times can pleural effusion be drained without coming back?

No limit: Generally, no limit on "how many times". However, the more times someone undergoes an invasive procedure the greater risk of complications. Key to preventing recurrence is answering "why did you get the effusion? ". Then treat the primary cause. Be well. ...Read more

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What are the differences between pleural effusion and thoracentesis?

Fluid/procedure: Pleural effusion is accumulation of fluid in the thoracic cavity, usually surrounding the lung. Thoracenthesis is the procedure to remove the fluid from the thoracic cavity, or removing the pleural effusion. ...Read more

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Bilateral pneumonia complicated by pleural effusion-- can this be fatal?

Bilateral pneumonia complicated by pleural effusion-- can this be fatal?

Probably not...: This condition is typically treated with antibiotcs and drainage of the effusion with a chest tube if it is large enough. Generally it is not fatal; however, if severe enough & not responsive to treatment, this can be very serious. ...Read more

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What are the risks for not having pericardiocentesis for pleural effusion?

Depends: The main risk is if infection is present in the space between the lung and the chest wall (pleural effusion) or the heart and the lining of the heart (pericardial effusion). If the patient is having fever, chills or night sweats the fluid should be drained to exclude active disease/infection. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between pleural effusion and thoracentesis?

They're related: Pleural effusion: fluid in the space around your lung
thoracentesis: procedure in which an effusion is drained by placing a catheter between the ribs into the space around the lung. ...Read more

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How could pneumonia be gone 6 weeks and now have atelectasis and pleural effusion?

How could pneumonia be gone 6 weeks and now have atelectasis and pleural effusion?

Common....: Atelectasis and pleural effusion can both occur with pneumonia. Atelectasis can heal faster if the patient takes frequent deep breaths and the use of an incentive spirometer will help with this. Ask your doctor to prescribe an incentive spirometer for you. The fluid around the lung will get reabsorbed over time. Get a repeat chest xray to make sure your lungs completely heal. Hope you feel better ...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


Malignant (Definition)

The term “malignant” is mainly used in the context of cancer, but can also be used to describe a condition that can be acutely damaging to the body, ...Read more