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Pneumonia Fluid In Lungs Treatment
My dad 81yr has fluid in lungs.Keeps forming & breathless on oxygen & weak.Tests show no cancer.On symptoms being given meds for Tb & pneumonia.Help?
Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath can happen from lung and heart disease, fluid in the lung indicates heart failure and heart disease. He may have associated pneumonia also. He may have some clinical indication to be on anti tuberculosis treatment. you can call our consult line with all the lab and x- ray results to get a better understanding of your fathers condition. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Depends on cause: Recurrent pneumonia should be investigated and cause of the scarring determined to ensure that there is no ongoing inflammation in the involved segment of the lung. Treatment depends on underlying cause that is identified. If there is persistent infection in the lungs, it can lead to development of bronchiectasis over time. Please consult a lung specialist for detailed assessment. ...Read more
Is it normal to have fibrotic changes to your lung after pneumonia is resolved? What symptoms should one expect? Is there a treatment?
Yes: It is common to have areas of scarification after a severe pneumonia. Fortunately it is usually a small area of the lung that is asymptomatic that results. It's symptoms may include shortness of breath when walking but this usually may resolve. But the more episodes occur the worse it is. Smoking in the worst factor that worsens the occurrence of any lung disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you have to treat walking pneumonia? If recovered without treatment, does it leave permanent scarring in the lungs?
In a way: In a way, you need to treat of course, as if it was viral (your probable case since you recovered without antibiotics) you would rest and push fluids and treat it supportively. If bacterial, you would need antibiotics. Usually, the body will heal itself, but on a rare occasion, you may leave some scarring from an old infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, but: Increased pleural fluid (effusion) may be caused by pulmonary edema and heart failure. This is because the heart is unable to pump the blood effectively and fluid backs up in the lungs and leaks out to the pleural space. The fluid can often be relieved by medication. Pneumonia can cause increased fluid as well, which is often infected (empyema). This is removed by a tube in the chest or surgery. ...Read more
Cirrhosis and lung d: Question is whether the fluid is in the lung (edema) or around the lung(effusion). Edema may be caused by excess fluid in the body and effusion may be caused by fluid moving from the abdomen to the pleura through the diaphragm. Multiple causes and treatment varies depending no cause. See your doctor for guidance and treatment recommendation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe, maybe not: Fluid can develop around the lung for many reasons, most common being cancer, infection and heart failure. Most of the time when a chest tube or needle is used to drain the fluid, tests will be done to determine what caused the fluid to accumulate which will then determine what other treatment may be necessary. ...Read more
Is it possible i got CHF from psychiatric meds? Have trouble breathing lying down, fluid in lungs and stomach?
Cardiac disease : The fda has issued warnings regarding cardiac disease, sudden death and metabolic syndrome for most of antipsychotics and some ssris used presently for the treatment of psychiatric conditions. The psychiatrist should be aware, and measure the risks and benefits of prescribing those medications to their patients, and monitor that those drugs do not produce or worsen coexisting cardiac conditions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
if it is the cause: Cardioversion is done for irregular heart beat that will form the lots in heat their dislocation will cause severe complications , irregular heart beat also make the heart inefficient pump then fluid may accumulating in the lung speak to your doctor who knows the reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ejection fraction: The 20% you read is called ejection fraction and it usually is the left side of the heart. If you imagine a tank getting 100, it puts out 20 of it each time. The next beat another 100 goes in and puts out 20. Now 160 is accommodated in there, it will overflow backward to the lungs and cause too much pressure there that fluid sweats out hence the CHF and pulmonary edema. Simple to look at it. ...Read more
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