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Pleurodesis Side Effects
I want to get a tattoo on my rib cage on the side but having had bilateral pleurodesis is this possible or is it risky?
The lining of the lung and chest wall is called the pleura. Normally the lung pleura stays in contact with the chest pleura. Sometimes they can become separated with either air or fluid. One option in treatment is to cause an inflammatory reaction so that the lung and chest wall pleura stick together. This essentially gets rid of the space so that the lung sticks ...Read more
Resolving a problem: A pleurodesis eliminates the space between the surface of the lung and the inside of the chest wall. This is usually done for fluid accumulation, or a persistent air leak. It can be done with chemicals or by directly irritating the inside chest wall. Overall, it is a very successful technique.See 3 more doctor answers
Help breath: Pleurodesis is surgery performed to prevent recurrence of air (pneumothorax) or fluid (effusion) in chest cavity. When pneumothorax or effusion occur, they occupy space where lung should be. This prevents the lung from fully expanding. Pleurodesis is used to improve /maintain lung expansion, and maintain breathing. Modern thoracic surgeons will use vats (minimally invasive techniques).See 1 more doctor answer
Depends cause: Depending cause of pneumothorax.... Spontaneous pneumothorax first recurrence rates depending on type ranges 20-40+%. These details as well as lifestyle, may encourage recommend investigation and possibly vats pleurodesis to prevent/decrease risk of further recurrence.See 1 more doctor answer
A surgical procedure: The lining of the lung and chest wall is called the pleura. Normally the lung pleura stays in contact with the chest pleura. Sometimes they can become separated with either air or fluid. One option in treatment is to cause an inflammatory reaction so that the lung and chest wall pleura stick together. This essentially gets rid of the space so that the lung sticks to the chest wall.See 2 more doctor answers
Causes lung to stick: The goal of video-assisted thoracic surgery or vats pleurodesis is to create an inflammatory response that causes the lung to stick to the chest wall. This can be done through chemical means such as sterile talcum powder, or through mechanical means. Indications are for persistent air in the pleural space; pneumothorax or persistent fluid. Pleurodesis prevents the lung from collapsing.
Sometimes: It can be effective, for large, recurrent and otherwise unresolvable effusions. Malignant with talc. Some others with other agents or mechanical with vats surgical.See 1 more doctor answer
95+%: Probably 2-3 mo. Till you can fly commercial or go >8000 ft. In the mountains Every Surgeon has his opinion so ask yours
Sir, he was admitted in the hosfor a month, he was discharged last week, after pleurodesis, approx 150ml of fluid is still coming out in the pouch?
Help breath: Pleurodesis is used to prevent recurrence of air (pneumothorax) or fluid (effusion) in chest cavity. When pneumothorax or effusion occur, they occupy space where lung should be. This prevents the lung from fully expanding. Pleurodesis is used to improve /maintain lung expansion, and maintain breathing. Modern thoracic surgeons will use vats (minimally invasive techniques).See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Depends on your individual pathology. Pleurodesis is considered if you have recurrent disease. As thoracoscopy gains popularity and is a minimally invasive targeted treatment, some surgeons prefer early thoracoscopy. Pleurodesis may not work for some pneumothorax and staple excision is needed for some pathology.See 2 more doctor answers
Stay in circulation: Fluid in chest cavity in the form of effusion is abnormal. By eliminating the ability/ease of the fluid to abnormally accumulate in the thoracic space, pleuradesis keeps the fluid in normal circulation. In some situations, after pleuradesis of one side, the fluid will accumulate in the opposite side of the chest. This will necessitate pleuradesis on the otherside too.See 1 more doctor answer
Sir, he is not able to eat anything, and is getting weak day by day after pleurodesis on 15th feb 2013, what should we do?
Unclear: Pleuradesis is often done for malignant effusions. This is predominately a palliative treatment. The lack of appetite, weakness, and/or weight loss would not be treated or result from pleuradesis. If this was a palliative treatment for cancer, the symptoms described are unfortunately attributable to cancer. I encourage you/he/family to speak with his medical team.See 2 more doctor answers
Had a bi-lateral pneumothorax 15 years ago at 31.Had the pleurodesis op done. Been on 3 hours flights before. Is there a danger on long haul flights?
You should be ok: Spontaneous pneumothorax occurs when a congenital bleb ruptures, leaking air into the space (pleural cavity) between the lung and rib cage. Pleurodesis is a procedure in which the pleural space is artificially obliterated by inducing adhesion formation between the lung lining and the rib cage lining. There is no evidence that air travel precipitates recurrence of a pneumothorax.See 3 more doctor answers
Unfortunately yes: There are different techniques to treat spontaneous pneumothorax (sp). On average, a vats pleuradesis that uses talc application has over 90-95% success rate in primary sp. This means, even after aggressive surgical and chemical pleuradesis, there may be up to 10% of individuals that suffer recurrence.See 1 more doctor answer
YES: The most effective means of pleuradesis occurs when medical grade talc is surgically applied. The success rate is estimated between 90-95%. Thus, individuals can see up to 15% recurrence. The other issue is that, patients may be at risk for pneumothorax in the opposite side. It is important to have thorough evaluation and discussion with a thoracic surgeon.See 1 more doctor answer