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What is pleural effusion?

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. 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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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?

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

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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 the cause of pain after a pleural effusion?

What is the cause of pain after a pleural effusion?

Inflammation: The potential space between chest wall and lungs has thin lining--- the pleura, chest wall lining the parietal pleura is very sensitive any inflammation will cause severe pain, effusion is the result of inflammation on the pleura. ...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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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 things make it more likely to get pleural effusion?

What things make it more likely to get pleural effusion?

Infection, tumor, CHF: A pleural effusion is just fluid in the space between lung and rib cage. Normally this 'potential space' is empty with a scant amount of fluid to allow the lung to expand/and slide inside the rib cage. Inflammation/infection/tumor may cause fluid to build up in the pleural space causing a pleural effusion. The fluid can be 'tapped' for analysis. Another cause is related to heart failure (chf). ...Read more

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If a person has a pleural effusion, what does that mean?

Fluid around lung: Fluids around the lung can be reactive to many things including pancreatitis, heart or kidney failure, reactive to spread of diseases such as cancer, or infections such as TB or even asbestosis, or frank pus called empyema. It means the cells there are producing fluid faster than can be resorbed. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pleural effusion?

See below....: A pleural effusion is when fluid accumulates in the pleural space. This space normally has about a teaspoon of pleural fluid to help the lungs slide easily as you breathe. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sanders
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