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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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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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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 ?

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 there official recommendations for treating pleural effusion?

Are there official recommendations for treating pleural effusion?

Drainage: Pleural effusions that cause symptoms can be drained either with needle aspiration (thoracentesis), with catheter drainage (pgitail), or with tube drainage (chest tube) ... Recurrent pleural effusions can be treated with indwelling pleurx catheter, especially if the lung is trapped and will not re-expand as in malignant effusion, or with thoracoscopic pleurodesis. ...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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What color is the drainage from a chest tube with a a pleural effusion?

What color is the drainage from a chest tube with a a pleural effusion?

Chest drainage: It depends on the character of the effusion. Frequently malignant effusions will be bloody. Infectious effusions may be cloudy/pussy. Effusions from CHF are usually sort of beer colored. ...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 is useful if it has her2 on its surface. ...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

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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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Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more


Dr. David Cooke
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Pleural Effusion (Definition)

Pleural effusion is 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