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Colour of pleural effusion fluid if you have pneumonia?

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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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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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 fluid restriction helpful for pt has pleural effusion?

Is fluid restriction helpful for pt has pleural effusion?

Not much: Need to identify cause and focus treatment on that.
Heart failure, kidney failure, protein loss, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, post surgical, malignancy, etc. ...Read more

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Would fluid restriction be good for pleural effusion?

No: There are several reasons for a pleural effusion. Treatment is dictated by the cause of the effusion. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice. I suffered pleural effusion with sepate fluid, breathing problem even after aspiration.?

Can you give me advice. I suffered pleural effusion with sepate fluid, breathing problem even after aspiration.?

Diagnosis...: First, you need to have the pleural fluid diagnosed. If you had the fluid aspirated, they likely sent the fluid for all kinds of tests, including cultures (bacterial, fungal, viral, etc.), TB, cytology, etc. You will also find out the type of fluid (transudate or exudate). The results of these tests will help determine why this fluid is there so that the proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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Is it enough to conclude that someone is suffering from tuberculosis pleural effusion by only seeing x-ray and testing pleural fluid specially ADA lvl?

Is it enough to conclude that someone is suffering from tuberculosis pleural effusion by only seeing x-ray and testing pleural fluid specially ADA lvl?

TB: If a pleural effusion is caused by tuberculosis, a biopsy of the pleura should prove diagnostic. Simply examining the xray would not provide a definitive diagnosis. A pulmonologist or specialist in infectious diseases would be best qualified to work up such a patient. ...Read more

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Pneumonia lower left, fluid right March 4. Xray tues show left white and right. Ct scan wed showed left clear right pleural effusion & atelectasis.?

Pneumonia lower left, fluid right March 4. Xray tues show left white and right. Ct scan wed showed left clear right pleural effusion & atelectasis.?

Here are some. ..: For an average 34-y-o female, you seemed getting a lot of radiation more than the necessity which most likely could be taken care of by good Hx + physical exam + effective counseling + collaborative F/U. Nonetheless, work closely with Doc. Besides, today's medical care has been under high pressure of political correctness, consumerism, & commercialism. Keeping these in mind will help the future. ...Read more

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Asthma patient m 31 pleural effusion in left lung but radiologist says not enuff free fluid for aspiration fever SOB occasional sweating. What is it?

Possible infection: Pleural effusion is reaction to inflammation either in lung, chest wall or possibly something under left side of diaphragm Must rule out bacterial or fungal causes as well as viral. Should see pulmonologist if symptoms persist or worsen and may need blood and skin testing as well as sputum analysis. ...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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Dr. Michael Sanders
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Pleural Effusion (Definition)

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


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