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Dr. Michael Sanders
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Pleural Effusion (Overview)

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 cause shortness of breath.


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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

Dr. Michael Sanders
665 Doctors shared insights

Pleural Effusion (Overview)

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 cause shortness of breath.


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What does "opacity in the left lower zone with obliteration of the left costophrenic angle-pleural effusion" mean?

What does "opacity in the left lower zone with obliteration of the left costophrenic angle-pleural effusion" mean?

Density on xray: On the views of the chest x-ray or ct there is density at the base of the left lung cavity junction with the diaphragm
costo-phrenic angle is that area.
Could be fluid=effusion, or blood or scar.
The density varies with the nature of the fluid. ...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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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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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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What are some options for the treatment of pleural effusion of both lower lobes causing pain and impeding full breaths after multiple pleurodeses?

What are some options for the treatment of pleural effusion of both lower lobes causing pain and impeding full breaths after multiple pleurodeses?

Depends on cause: The CAUSE of the pleural effusions is the most important factor. Both sides usually means heart failure, liver problems, kidney failure, or cancer in both lung spaces. All of these are difficult problems without easy answers. It is important to talk to an experience thoracic (chest) surgeon about the cause, and the possible treatments, which depend on the cause. Good luck to you! ...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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What are the treatment and prognosis for pneumonia and pleural effusion?

What are the treatment and prognosis for pneumonia and pleural effusion?

Varies: If bacterial pneumonia with fluid= effusion are caught and treated early and with appropriate antibacterial agents, then full recovery is likely.
If the effusion is large, drainage by thoracic tap="thoracentesis can be diagnostic and therapeutic.
Depending on age, smoking, etc. One likely needs cut scan and maybe bronchoscope to rule out cancer of the lung causing the pneumonia. ...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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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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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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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?

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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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


Effusion (Definition)

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