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If the echo &ECG doesn't show pulmonary edema or pleural effusion or pleurisy, then how to diagnose them in early stages?

If the echo &ECG doesn't show pulmonary edema or pleural effusion or pleurisy, then how to diagnose them in early stages?

Other imaging studie: Plain xray, CT, HRCT, or MRI, prior to that good history and physical examination, can diagnose all what you've asked about ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Fluid In The Lungs (Definition)

Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate (thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative (heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling (thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need ...Read more


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How to differentiate pleural effusion and pulmonary edema in an x-ray?

How to differentiate pleural effusion and pulmonary edema in an x-ray?

Mobiliy / location: Pleural effusion is fluid that accumulates in pleural lining around lungs and is usually mobile.Pulmonary edema is fluid that accumulates in interstitial or alveolar spaces of the lungs proper. Pleural fluid will change configuration or move in the pleural space from. By changing patient position. Edema in lung proper not very mobile. Pleural fluid is easily seen by ultrasound of chest as peripheral ...Read more

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Can to you have a slight injury to the chest and still get a pleural effusion or pulmonary edema?

Can to you have a slight injury to the chest and still get a pleural effusion or pulmonary edema?

Not really: What is your definition of slight injury? If we are talking trauma, like a blow to the chest, then you would more likely see a pulmonary contusion or maybe a lung collapse than effusion or edema. Those two things describe fluid around the lung (effusion) or waterlogged lung tissue, like a sponge in the case of edema. The mechanisms for these are not usually related to trauma or injury per se ...Read more

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What is the difference between pleural effusion and pulmonary edema? Where does the water accumulates in pul edema?

Different Location: A pleural effusion is fluid around the lungs that collects between the lung and chest wall. Pulmonary edema is fluid that collects in the lung airspaces themselves. Many times, you can have both together. Both cause difficulty with breathing. ...Read more

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Goodmorning. Which are the differences between pleural effusion end pulmonary edema on lung auscultation?

Goodmorning. Which are the differences between pleural effusion end pulmonary edema on lung auscultation?

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yes decreased or absent Breath Sounds with effusion, rales and rhonci with edema
at least in the old days - However, I hardly auscultate these days. ...Read more

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Are there any differences between Pleural effusions and pulmonary edema? If so, what are they?

Are there any differences between Pleural effusions and pulmonary edema? If so, what are they?

In or around lungs: Pulmonary edema is fluid seepage with in the lungs and pleural effusion is fluid build up around the lungs between chest wall and the lungs in the pleural space. Pulmonary edema can occur due to cardiac or renal dysfunction. Pleural effusion can be accompanied by Pulmonary edema or without it. There are many reasons for pleural effusion build up. ...Read more

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Does pleural effusion create pressure on lungs?

Does pleural effusion create pressure on lungs?

It can: Pleural effusion I fluid collection in the space around the lungs. There are many causes. The fluid can compress the lung making it difficult to breathe. It may need to be drained. ...Read more

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Can you have small pleural effusion in both lungs post pneumonia being only in left?

Yes: Effusion appears due to infection, but also when you not taking deep breaths. So, even if infection one on one side, it's hard to take breath all together. You need to do some Yoga Breathing. May cause some coughing, but may help to open up those lungs. ...Read more

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Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Probably normal: These changes are typical after pneumonia, but should resolve within 6-12 weeks. Ask whomever was treating you for the pneumonia about the need for a follow up chest X-ray in a couple months. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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If the pleural effusion is associated with pulmonary TB is this serious?

If the pleural effusion is associated with pulmonary TB is this serious?

Med Regimen: TB is a treatable infection, but the culture of the fluid is important since it helps with selection of the most effective combination of antibiotics. Sometimes TB is resistant, but new drugs are being developed and tested. For example, the addition of Moxifloxacin in uncomplicated TB has recently been studied. The presence of pleural fluid should be followed. ...Read more

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Could increased pleural fluid cause pulmonary edema, heart failure, or pneumonia?

Could increased pleural fluid cause pulmonary edema, heart failure, or pneumonia?

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

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How can one differentiate pulmonary embolism from extra pleural effusion tuberculosis?

How can one differentiate pulmonary embolism from extra pleural effusion tuberculosis?

CT angio: Of the chest is usually diagnostic for pulmonary embolism. Analysis of the pleural fluid, including mycobacterium cultures would point toward tuberculosis, which otherwise may be difficult to diagnose, unless living in an endemic area. Beware that the 2 conditions may coexist, unfortunately, and having 1 does not rule out the other. ...Read more

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Cardiomediastinal silhouette. Lungs are clear. No pleural effusion or pneumothorax. Do I have heart murmur?

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Cardiomediastinal silhouette. Lungs are clear. No pleural effusion or pneumothorax. Do I have heart murmur?

Heart sounds: Heart murmurs are found while listening to the heart with a stethoscope and evaluated with an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to determine it poses a problem. Chest x-ray can show complications of having heart murmurs from valve problems such as heart failure and enlarged heart chambers. ...Read more

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Do pleural effusion, enlarged heart, abnormal looking lungs, kidney lesion (def not kidney infect) & esophagus "grit" have anything in common?

Do pleural effusion, enlarged heart, abnormal looking lungs, kidney lesion (def not kidney infect) & esophagus "grit" have anything in common?

Complex problem: Certainly, CHF can lead to repercussions to the other organ systems you mentioned. Unfortunately, this format is not capable of diagnosing and explaining all that may be going on. I would start by seeing a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Hx of pericarditis and pleurisy, pleural effusion. Been sleeping in recliner x 1yr. Pain inc and feels like drowning when lie flat. Heart or lungs?

Hx of pericarditis and pleurisy, pleural effusion. Been sleeping in recliner x 1yr. Pain inc and feels like drowning when lie flat. Heart or lungs?

Cause of conditions: All three of these conditions are very serious. I would probably start by seeing an internal medicine doctor and & let him/her sort out what is going on and make any referrals that may be necessary.

If you are not in distress currently, call to make an urgent appointment in the morning. If you are in pain and /or short of breath, then call 911 and be taken to the emergency room now. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
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Pulmonary Edema (Definition)

The lungs are the organ that exchange oxygen and shouldn't have fluids. In pulmonary edema they fill up with fluids most commonly, from heart failure. This causes shortness of breath. Other causes are kidney and liver failure. Low protein in blood or allergic reactions. Treatment usually require diuretics or water pills ...Read more