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Doctor insights on: Plural Effussion

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Doc.What is benign pleural effussion?

Fluid next to lung: Fluid located between the ribs and lungs is called a pleural effusion. Benign means that the doctor thinks there are no cancer cells within the pleural fluid. Benign pleural effusions can occur with lung infection, heart failure and other conditions. Malignant pleural effusions are seen with lung cancer or other cancers that have spread to the pleural lining surrounding the lungs. ...Read more

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What is pleural effusion?

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 plaques and pleural effusion, what is this?

Thickening and fluid: Pleural effusion is fluid around the lung. Pleural plaques are thickening of the lining of the lung and chest wall. Both can be due to numerous reasons including infection, heart failure, exposure to asbestos and cancer. ...Read more

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Pleural effusion, what is that?

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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What is plueral effusion?

Fluid in chest: Accumulation of fluid in the chest between the chest wall and the lungs. Can occur in many different disease states. ...Read more

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What is minimal pleural effusion? Pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left.?

Explained below: There is a collection of fluid in an estimated small amount around your lung. On the left there is most likely a focal area of scar connecting the lining of the lung called the pleura with the diaphragm. Did you have an empyema? An infection in the pleural space and/or a chest tube placed? ...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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What are the causes of loculated pleural effusion?

Several: The fluid, or initial bloody fluid, or pus settles to the bottom of the pleural space( between the lung and the chest wall) it clots or gets thick and sticks in the dependent area and the lung sticks around it. If there is a lot of bloody or fibrinous fluid it may get stuck in several places- collections called loculations. ...Read more

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What is minimal pleural effusion or thickening right?

Tuberculosis: Yoy have tuberculosis(tb) noted in your history. Tb can cause abnormalities like pleural thickening and effusion. The treatment your are taking is appropriate and you should be following along with your doctor. Your x-ray or ct scan evaluates the lung and the radiologist interprets the findings. ...Read more

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Is pleural effusion serious in fetus?

Can be.: If fetus has pleural effusion, can affect development of the lungs. If mother has pleural effusion, can affect mom's breathing and getting oxygen to the fetus. ...Read more

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Life expectancy malignant pleural effusion?

Life expectancy malignant pleural effusion?

Depesinds on primary: Depends on primary site and spread to other organs, some like mesothelioma will not be good, isolated plural effusion from breast responds well to chemotherapy.Rarely cured. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pleural plaques and pleural effusion?

What is the difference between pleural plaques and pleural effusion?

Thickening and fluid: Pleural effusion is fluid around the lung. Pleural plaques are thickening of the lining of the lung and chest wall. Both can be due to numerous reasons including infection, heart failure, exposure to asbestos and cancer. ...Read more

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What's a trivial pericardial effusion?

What's a trivial pericardial effusion?

No concern: We all have small amounts of fluid in the pericardial sac around the heart. Think of motor oil for valves in engine which lubricates surfaces ti reduce friction. If we can see this on an echocardiogram we will frequently say trivial effusion. ...Read more

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What's pericardial mesothelioma?

What's pericardial mesothelioma?

Lining of the heart : It is a tumor of the lining of the heart. The most common site for this disease to start is the lung. It can involve the pericardium or even start there. It can also involve the peritoneum or lining of the abdomen. These tumors are often associated with asbestos exposure. ...Read more

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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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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