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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?
Pleurodesis is fusion of lung lining to chest wall lining to prevent recurrence of air (pneumothorax) or fluid (effusion) in chest cavity. Pleurodesis is used to maintain lung expansion, help breathing, and alleviate shortness of breath. Modern thoracic surgeons will use ...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. ...Read more
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
Fusion: Pleurodesis is fusion of lung lining to chest wall lining to prevent recurrence of air (pneumothorax) or fluid (effusion) in chest cavity. Pleurodesis is used to maintain lung expansion, help breathing, and alleviate shortness of breath. Modern thoracic surgeons will use vats (minimally invasive techniques). ...Read more
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
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
Probably 2-3 mo. Till you can fly commercial or go >8000 ft. In the mountains
Every Surgeon has his opinion so ask yours ...Read more
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). ...Read more
Thoracic surgeon: Patients that may potentially benefit from pleuradesis should be referred to a trained thoracic surgeon skilled in minimally invasive thoracic surgery techniques. Most pleuradesis should be done minimally invasively (vats). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How long should I wait before driving from sea level to 8000+ft after a pneumothorax? I have had vats pleurodesis before but had small recurrent pnemo
I have had 3 pleurodesis for spontaneous pneumothorax. Can I ever fly on a plane or no? Also can I ride roller coasters?
Need more info: This can only be answered by your pulmonologist who has your medical history concerning your lungs. ...Read more
My 17 year old son developed sudden pneumothorax which resulted in two operations blebectomy and pleurodesis he is in lot of pain is this normal?
I had 2 spontaneous pneumothoraces 4 years ago and had a pleurodesis with doxycycline. Is it okay to fly to Hawaii?
Interesting: Assuming you don't have BHD syndrome, and that you didn't have multiple blebs on any of your exams, it's probably quite safe...most planes are pressurized to 8000 feet or less. If you had lots of blebs detected on your studies, those might still cause a problem if the plane lost pressure suddenly, but otherwise 8000 shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more
Since my pleurodesis 8 yrs ago I still get chest pain occasionally when I inhale. Are my lungs partially collapsing? Will it likely get worse?
Pleurisy: Chest pain while taking a deep breath can be due to pleurisy, which is inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity. If you have previously had pleurodesis, the pain you are feeling may be from localized scarring of the pleura and is likely not a concern. However, if you had pleurodesis to treat a collapsed lung or pneumothorax then you should see your doctor to get a chest x-ray. ...Read more
I had vats talc pleurodesis for pneumothorax 7 years ago. Now, chronic breathing discomfort/feeling of movement in chest (fluid/air).What could it be?
May be nothing
, but localized recurrent pneumo can occur and opposite side can as well.
Hopefully you stopped smoking! ...Read more
I had a vats blebectomy and pleurodesis surgery. Would it be possible to smoke marijuana on occasion through a vape?
Operations difficult: Several more recent studies comparing CF patients with pleurodesis and no pleurodesis did not seem to show significant difference in outcome. It was originally though that greater adhesions or fibrosis from pleurodesis would cause excessive bleeding. All patients with CF have some degree of pleural adhesions. Operations can be difficult either way. ...Read more