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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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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?

Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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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?

Different risks: In general there is no contra-indication to chest tattoo in someone that has undergone pleurodesis. You should discuss your individual medical health details/specifics and risks with your family physician. Tattoos have their own specific risks. ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Carter
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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What are the effects of pleurodesis?

Dr. Craig Carter
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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What are the effects of pleurodesis?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Binford
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What is the definition or description of: pleurodesis?

Dr. Robert Binford
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What is the definition or description of: pleurodesis?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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What is pleurodesis done for?

Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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What is pleurodesis done for?

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). ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Please tell me about pleurodesis?

Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Please tell me about pleurodesis?

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). ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Please tell me about pneumothrax, pleurodesis?

Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Please tell me about pneumothrax, pleurodesis?

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. ...Read more

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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?

Dr. Loki Skylizard
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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?

Unclear: If pleuradesis was performed, success will be dependent on full expansion of lung with apposition of lung to chest wall. Pleuradesis does not usually have a drainage "pouch". We can not be sure, but you may be describing a pluerex catheter drainage type system. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Is pleurodesis for recurrent pleural effussion the best rx?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Is pleurodesis for recurrent pleural effussion the best rx?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. John Fung
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Is it common to cough after pleurodesis?

Dr. John Fung
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Is it common to cough after pleurodesis?

Yes: The irritation cause by the sclerosing agent, which is responsible for the obliteration of the space between the lung and chest wall, and may be associated with cough. This usually resolves in a few days. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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Tell me about vats pleurodesis?

Dr. David Cooke
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Tell me about vats pleurodesis?

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. ...Read more

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