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What is minimal pleural effusion or thickening right?

What is minimal pleural effusion or thickening right?

Tuberculosis: Yoy have tuberculosis (tb) noted in your history. Tb can cause abnormalities like pleural thickening and effusion. The treatment your are taking is appropriate and you should be following along with your doctor. Your x-ray or ct scan evaluates the lung and the radiologist interprets the findings. ...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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Does multiple fibroid cause minimal pleural effusion in the rightlung and asicities?

Does multiple fibroid cause minimal pleural effusion in the rightlung and asicities?

Unlikely: Uterine fibroids may be symptomatic but abdominal or pelvic! Chest would need another evaluation and duagnosis. Ascites would also imply more issues. ...Read more

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What is minimal pleural effusion? Pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left.?

What is minimal pleural effusion? Pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left.?

Explained below: There is a collection of fluid in an estimated small amount around your lung. On the left there is most likely a focal area of scar connecting the lining of the lung called the pleura with the diaphragm.
Did you have an empyema? An infection in the pleural space and/or a chest tube placed? ...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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Can you please describe minimal pleural effusion versus pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left.?

Can you please describe minimal pleural effusion versus pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left.?

History helpful: Some density, scarring, fluid- effusion may follow trauma, pneumonia, surgery etc.
Also can be early sign of other lung issues.
Full history and work up is indicated. ...Read more

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Had a lap chole 2 weeks ago. Still have a fever, esr128.Post usg shows minimal pleural effusion right side. No probs in urination& stool. Is it normal?

Prolonged Recovery: Two weeks is a little out of the ordinary, however, one must take into account your overall state of health. Esr can remain elevated during an inflammatory process, which may be the result of the factors leading to the lap chole as well as the inflammatory reaction following the surgery. A pleural effusion on the right is consistent with the inflammatory process on the right. No fever is good. ...Read more

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Dr my father CT-scan report showed mild right & minimal left pleural effusion & mild volume loss in right lower lobe in basal segment. Please clearify?

Dr my father CT-scan report showed mild right & minimal left pleural effusion & mild volume loss in right lower lobe in basal segment. Please clearify?

These findings: In isolation are not by themselves worrisome. But it depends on the entire picture, such as the reason why his doctor ordered this study. And also comparison study. The significance of these findings would depend entirely upon his underlying disease and what his previous scans showed. ...Read more

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I had a report saying that I have a minimal bilateral basal pleural effusion of uncertain clinical significance. What does it mean?

It means: You have "water on your lungs", which has many possible reasons. First of all your age is important, where you live and what your medical history is especially lung and heart problems. There are also infectious possibilities! See your PCP ASAP for complete person to person evaluation.

Hope this helps!
Good luck Dr Z ...Read more

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I had ptb in 2009 and was treated and thereafter every my xray was ok but this year the impression was minimal pleural thickening and/or effusion bila?

I had ptb in 2009 and was treated and thereafter every my xray was ok but this year the impression was minimal pleural thickening and/or effusion bila?

In my mind: There would be a big difference between "minimal pleural thickening" after treatment for pulmonary TB and effusion (perhaps you got cut off and meant "bilateral"). Pleural thickening could easily represent scarring, but an effusion, or fluid collection, could indicate something much more current/active. Review this x-ray finding with your TB treating physician. More tests likely needed. Stay well ...Read more

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Minimal atelectatic medically rt middle lobe and lingular area on lt with multiple small nodules with subpleural density and pleural-based no pleural effusion or pneumothorax what does this mean?

Bronchoscopy: First you will need a diagnosis of what these nodules are. The atelectases in both lungs should be evaluated by looking at the airways to make sure there is no nodule in the airways causing collapse and in addition the bronchoscopy may just give all the diagnosis.
Good luck. ...Read more

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PICC line w/tip in sup vena cava. Mild posterior congestion & background of volume overload w/possible trace left pleural effusion? Explain Please...

PICC line w/tip in sup vena cava. Mild posterior congestion & background of volume overload w/possible trace left pleural effusion? Explain Please...

Assume CXR reading: PICC = Percutaneous Intervenous central Cathiter, IV line in your arm in good position. Lung reflect slight fluid overload / CHF (Congestive Heart Failure). ...Read more

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Xray shows pleural effusion but radiologist doesnot attempt aspiration with remarks that it is multispace mild effusion 5mm dia what can be it??

Some times no need: Pleural effusions don't have to be aspirated especially with out symptoms, like your multi loculated ones attempt may even introduce infection. You have to find what caused and treat the cause. TB is prevalent your part, I am sure your doctor already ruled out tuberculosis and go follow up care. ...Read more

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Had a cardiac mri. Finding: mild lv cavity dilation, normal lv systolic function; lvef 62%.Trivial pericardial & pleural effusion?

Sounds pretty normal: Ef is normal, tiny effusions are nothing to worry about. Was valvular function normal - ie no stenosis or regurgitation?

Also, how much dilation? Was a volume given?

Would followup with a cardiologist and make sure you optimize your therapy for high blood pressure among other conditions.

The lv dilation and pericardial effusions could be followed with echocardiography. ...Read more

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Thickened very mild multiloculated right pleural effusion, not aspirable. Cause? I had high fever & pleuritic chest pain. I recovered with Amoxicillin.

Thickened very mild multiloculated right pleural effusion, not aspirable. Cause? I had high fever & pleuritic chest pain. I recovered with Amoxicillin.

Check with doctor: This doesn't sound like a "mild" problem. If you have recovered and your doctor has assured you all is well, it's probably true. But at one time it surely was a serious problem. Discuss with your doctor, especially whether repeat imaging (CT scan? MRI?) is recommended to assure things have cleared up completely and there is no sign of an underlying problem like TB or cancer. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia diagnosed by doctor, confirmed chest XRAY (mild hazy infiltrate) considered pleural effusion? Chest pains and cough prompted visit to dr.

Is pneumonia diagnosed by doctor, confirmed chest XRAY (mild hazy infiltrate) considered pleural effusion? Chest pains and cough prompted visit to dr.

Pleural effusion: It sounds like you are concerned you have a pleural effusion along with the pneumonia you were diagnosed with. A pleural effusion would have been seen on the chest xray taken if it was significant. If it has been a while since your chest xray and you have completed a course of treatment and you are still coughing or short of breath, then please see your doctor again for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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What does this mean chest ct scan. Mild infiltrates, left lower lobe may represent discoid atelectasis and or pneumonia, mild left pleural effusion..

What does this mean chest ct scan. Mild infiltrates, left lower lobe may represent discoid atelectasis and or pneumonia, mild left pleural effusion..

CT scan: Proper interpretation of CT or "cat scan" results is a tricky proposition and requires a physician to clinically correlate with multiple factors. The findings above may simply represent excessive mucus or possibly an infection. An effusion means there is some type of fluid in or around the lungs. ...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?

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

Dr. Michael Sanders
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