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Can mild multiloculated pleural effusion due to pneumonia be treated only by antibiotics? Is there any need for chest drainage?

Can mild multiloculated pleural effusion due to pneumonia be treated only by antibiotics? Is there any need for chest drainage?

Loculated effusion: You might need drainage if your infection doesn't improve because it might be difficult for the antibiotics to penetrate the loculation walls to treat the bacteria inside. ...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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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 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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How to manage pleural effusion?

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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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?

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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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

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Is there a cure for pleural effusion?

Treat the cause: Pleural effusion is not a disease. It results when the production of pleural fluid exceeds the body's ability to reabsorb it. It has many causes (pneumonia, heart failure, blood clots, trauma, bleeding). Fixing the underlying cause with or withourt draining the fluid usually results in "cure". With some exceptions, cancer that causes pleural effusion is not curable, but it it is treatable. ...Read more

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Is pleural effusion serious in fetus?

Can be.: If fetus has pleural effusion, can affect development of the lungs. If mother has pleural effusion, can affect mom's breathing and getting oxygen to the fetus. ...Read more

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Is renal dysfunction can cause pleural effusion?

Yes: Renal dysfunction is a cause of pleural effusions. These are actually quite common in dialysis patients. ...Read more

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Can pleural effusion make you feel cold and tired?

Usually not: Pleural effusion usually stays without symptoms unless t is moderate. Even then it should not make you feel cold, but can make you feel tired.

Try to find the cause of it by visiting a pulmonologist. There may be other reason for your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pleural plaques and pleural effusion, what is this?

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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Colour of pleural effusion fluid if you have pneumonia?

Colour of pleural fl: There is no fixed color. It can be straw colored, bloody, yellowish, greenish, grey -- all depends on the organism causing pneumonia. ...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 does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on x-ray?

What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on x-ray?

Fluid collection: There is a lining that covers your lung and a lining that covers the chest wall. There is normally a small amount of fluid in between the two. However, when more fluid collects then it can be seen on a cxr. Causes are many. A ct chest can help further help evaluate the effusion and the lining of the lung. Sometimes sampling the fluid with an ultrasound guided thoracentesis is neccessary. ...Read more

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What do you take if you have pleural plaques and pleural effusion?

Depends...: Treatment for pleural effusions and/or pleural plaques depends on the cause. For example, pleural effusions can be due to heart failure, infections like pneumonia, connective tissue disease, etc. Each of these are treated differently. Is there asbestos exposure? See your doctor for diagnosis and then treatment options can be discussed. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many times can pleural effusion be drained?

Many: But better to get it fully drained once, and the cause identified and treated to prevent the recurrence.
Some cannot be stopped, but can be internally drained with devices. ...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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How much time does it take to get pleural plaques or pleural effusion?

1 liter per day: Pleural fluid is about 1 liter per day each side. If you have cancer that metastasizes to the plera then the effusion can be quick. Your doctor will get X-ray. The choice is pleura tube and talc or plerx catheter and daily drainage. The pleurx gets you home faster but with the talc you will be done when home. You live close enough to Muskegon or grand rapids for medical care. ...Read more

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How do people get treated for atypical mesothelial cells pleural effusion?

How do people get treated for atypical mesothelial cells pleural effusion?

Pleural Biops: Would most likely need a pleural biopsy by video assisted thoracic surgery (vats) for a diagnosis. Therapy would be determined by biopsy results. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the differences between pleural effusion and empyema?

Pus/fluid: Empyema is pus in the chest or a purulent effusion and an effusion is a fluid collection, may be serous, purulent, hemorrhagic, para pneumonic. ...Read more

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How much time does it usually take to get pleural plaques and pleural effusion?

Hours to months: Pleural effusions can develop in hours to days depending on the cause. Things like heart failure, pneumonia, trauma, and abdominal issues can cause effusions to form rapidly. Plaques are usually a sign of more prolonged localized inflammation that take weeks to months or longer to develop. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Once the fluid from a pleural effusion is mostly removed, will the rest go away by itself?

It depends: It depends on the cause of the effusion and what the effusion is made up of. The effusion should be analyzes for both cells (cytology) and chemical analysis. You will then need to discuss the results with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is a pleural effusion always dangerous? Does it need to always be drained. What are the symptoms?

Pleural effusion: 31 F asks: Is a pleural effusion always dangerous? Does it need to always be drained. What are the symptoms? ANS: yes, no & SX can be none to pain when take deep breath, SOB or to coughing up blood but depends on cause. So ask your Drs what they think is cause. Once this is known then advice may range from no worries! To do not begin any long books! Dr. humor here! But ask them they know u best. ...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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Asbestos - how long does if it hapensfor pleusry or diffuse pleural effusion symptoms to appear after exposure. I was xposed 3mo ago. Could I have it.

Asbestos - how long does if it hapensfor pleusry or diffuse pleural effusion symptoms to appear after exposure. I was xposed 3mo ago. Could I have it.

Likely to take years: Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in the construction, automotive, and other industries. Currently it is illegal to use. Factors involved in how asbestos exposure affects an individual include the amount and length of time a person was exposed to asbestos, as well as underlying health. In your case, a single limited exposure is not likely to cause early or high risk of late lung problems. ...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

Dr. Michael Sanders
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