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Doctor insights on: Removing Fluid From Lungs Procedure

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Is there a procedure that can remove the fluid around my lungs without requiring general anesthesia?

Is there a procedure that can remove the fluid around my lungs without requiring general anesthesia?

Yes: Thoracentesis, as it is known, involves placing a needle into "pleural space" under local anesthesia and with drawing fluid by a syringe or allowing passive drainage. Certain 'rapidly accumulating" effusions may require hospitalization and placement of a chest tube. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

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


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My mom has fluid around her lungs and dr's did a tap and draw and they want to do a procedure called scarring. Would you recommend?

My mom has fluid around her lungs and dr's did a tap and draw and they want to do a procedure called scarring. Would you recommend?

The term Sclerosing: This causes inflammation and fibrosis or in other words scarring. The hope being it would keep the space where the fluid fills up in from existing and no long be able to accumulate fluid there. ...Read more

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My mom is now in afib again. Doctors want to do a cardiac conversion tomorrow shock her I guess. Now remember she has copd, CHF and is a diabetic with fluids around lungs and organs. How serious is this procedure? Should I be present for the conversion? I

My mom is now in afib again. Doctors want to do a cardiac conversion tomorrow shock her I guess. Now remember she has copd, CHF and is a diabetic with fluids around lungs and organs. How serious is this procedure? Should I be present for the conversion? I

Cardioversion safe: A cardioversion is a procedure used to restore sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation. It is usually a safe procedure performed with minimal anesthesia, usually versed or propofol. The key important thing is that she has been on blood thinners for an appropriate period of time to prevent a stroke. Sometimes antiarrhythmic medication is administered afterwards to maintain sinus rhythm. ...Read more

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I smoke regularly I need to clean my lungs, is there a procedure and how much does it cost?

I smoke regularly I need to clean my lungs, is there a procedure and how much does it cost?

Not really.: There is no 'procedure' to clean your lungs. The very best thing that you can do for your lungs is to stop smoking. This will also save you money as smoking is expensive!
if you have concerns about 'cleaning' your lungs and about smoking cessation, go to a local clinic and discuss your concerns with a provider / doc. Medications, hypnosis, and behavior modification may help. Be well! ...Read more

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Is there a procedure which can assess the extent of damage done to the lungs by smoking, with a history of smoking for 2 years?

Is there a procedure which can assess the extent of damage done to the lungs by smoking, with a history of smoking for 2 years?

Yes: Two years of smoking will do very little measurable damage to the lung in most individuals, but lung function tests can detect tobacco induced damage if it is present. More importantly if you quit now, you can avoid a lifelong accumulation df damage that can lead to lung cancer and or emphysema. ...Read more

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Bad fall resulted in a punctured lung, what is the proper procedure for this?

Bad fall resulted in a punctured lung, what is the proper procedure for this?

Evaluation: Serious fall with pulmonary contusion and/or injury needs proper trauma evaluation. Depending on the findings, the individual may require a chest tube. The key to pulmonary injury care/treatment is pulmonary hygiene and appropriate analgesia with procedural interventions as needed to facilitate max lung re-expansion. ...Read more

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What is the normal procedure in a lung biopsy?

What is the normal procedure in a lung biopsy?

Procedure specific: There are 3 different ways to do a lung biopsy. Ct guided uses a needle inserted thru the chest while taking ct scan images. Bronchoscopic involves running a flexible tube into the windpipe. Surgical biopsy involves cuts in the chest, either using a rigid tube (vats), or larger incision for an open biopsy. ...Read more

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What is the general procedure for a lung biopsy?

What is the general procedure for a lung biopsy?

Several types: • Several approaches are used for lung bx to obtain enough tissue for histologic exam. The simplest is the Needle biopsy. With local anesthesia a needle is guided through the chest wall into a suspicious area CT or CAT scan or fluoroscopy. A transbronchial biopsy is performed through a fiberoptic bronchoscope and a Thoracoscopic biopsy is used with general anesthesia and also allows bx. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had colonoscopy with anesthesia (passed out for the whole procedure) and today my lungs hurt. Why, what's the connection?

Yesterday I had colonoscopy with anesthesia (passed out for the whole procedure) and today my lungs hurt. Why, what's the connection?

R/O COMPLICATION: Often times Propofol is used for anesthesia it is very potent. Rarely when you are recovery from anesthesia, fluid may get into the lungs. This is referred as aspiration. I recommend following up with your GI doctor. If symptoms worsen acutely or fever develops, get immediate evaluation and X-ray to rule out aspiration Pneumonia. ...Read more

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What should I expect as far as procedure and pain with my upcoming amniocentesis? How accurate are the results for lung function test?

What should I expect as far as procedure and pain with my upcoming amniocentesis? How accurate are the results for lung function test?

Not too bad: An ultrasound will ensure a healthy infant & find a good pocket of fluid. Your doc will inform you of the rare risks & obtain consent. Then after a prep, a long thin needle will be placed through the abdomen into the fluid which is removed with a syringe. This part is not too painful. Us ensures a safe procedure & the fluid is sent for tests. Lung maturity tests are accurate to ensure delivery. ...Read more

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Which procedure does a lung perfusion scan involve?

Which procedure does a lung perfusion scan involve?

Inject radioactive: A perfusion lung scan is done by injectecting a low-dose radioactive tracer into a vein and taking images showing where blood flow is going in the lungs. It is used to diagnose pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the lungs). The test is safe and generally free of any side effects. It is used less often now than ct angiogram, but is safer and involves less radiation exposure. ...Read more

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Can vats procedure be done to remove a half inch nodule in right lung?

Potentially: Depends on the anatomic position. If not involving the airway or "wind pipe" then can be removed by either a wedge, segmentectomy or lobectomy, if indicated, via vats. ...Read more

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A family member has a nodule about l/2" inside right lung. Can vats procedure be used to remove this?

A family member has a nodule about l/2" inside right lung. Can vats procedure be used to remove this?

Potentially: Depending on location, quite possibly. Vats and robotic techniques can be used for numerous thoracic surgical procedures and varying types of lung resections. ...Read more

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Back in March my right lung collapsed, recently I have been feeling pressure in my chest. I am not sure if it's from my procedure or something new?

Back in March my right lung collapsed, recently I have been feeling pressure in my chest. I am not sure if it's from my procedure or something new?

Collapsed lung: If you had a collapsed lung because of a ruptured bleb it may be that you are developing another bleb. Therefore, it is important for you to return to your doctor to find out what the problem is ...Read more

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Regarding open lung biopsy with a camera -how dangerous is this procedure?

Regarding open lung biopsy with a camera -how dangerous is this procedure?

Risks exist: While done often by experienced thoracic surgeons (vats), it is chest surgery (major surgery). There are risks and benefits. This link may help: http://goo. Gl/pn73i. ...Read more

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Is it bad to sneeze after you gone through 3 lung collapses and and a thoracotomy procedure almost two weeks ago? It hurts when I sneeze

Is it bad to sneeze after you gone through 3 lung collapses and and a thoracotomy procedure almost two weeks ago? It hurts when I sneeze

M.D. visit: Most likely the pain that you are experiencing is related to muscular strain from the procedure. If you are experiencing shortness of breath and/or the pain continues, please see your physician.
Prmg/pediatric respiratory can review records for? S at 858 259 9689. ...Read more

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What is a CT guided nfac[whats involed in procedure] pls, where nodule is seen in lung?

What is a CT guided nfac[whats involed in procedure] pls, where nodule is seen in lung?

FNA: The ct is used to guide where a fine needle is inserted from the chest wall to where the nodule is. The ct is used in pulses to locate it not continuous the whole time to avoid too much radiation exposure. Once the needle is deemed in the nodule, aspiration is done to gets cells for study to diagnose cancer, infection, etc. ...Read more

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Groupon offers a ebct heart and lung scan for $57. Is it a necessary procedure or is it a scam. I've never had have heart disease, but my family has.

Groupon offers a ebct heart and lung scan for $57. Is it a necessary procedure or is it a scam. I've never had have heart disease, but my family has.

Heart scan: Ebct (electron beam ct scan) is an easy and fast test that can detect calcium deposits in your coronary arteries. The lung scan can detect lung nodules or masses. Ctscans do expose you to radiation, but there are defiinite benefits to early detection of coronary disease in people at risk (ie. Diabetes, smokers, strong family history of heart attacks). If it's a legit facility that's a great price! ...Read more

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Is lung transplant really worthwhile for cystic fibrosis? I've heard that less than 1% benefit from the procedure?

Is lung transplant really worthwhile for cystic fibrosis? I've heard that less than 1% benefit from the procedure?

Yes it is: Lung transplant for end-stage CF lung disease is worthwhile, the results and survival rates are encouraging, but please ask experts in CF accredited centers who can better inform you about patient selection criteria, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Why do I stip feel short of breath when I walk around the house? I had a thoracotomy procedure done to me almost two weeks ago for 3 lung collapses.

Hurts to breathe: I suspect it still hurts to breathe? If so, that would be a factor. You had major surgery with general anesthetic. It takes time to recover from that. But you ought to have a followup chest xray to be sure there's no recurrence of the collapse - if for no other reason to reassure you! ...Read more

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What should I know about a needle lung biopsy? My doctor wants to do a needle biopsy of my lung as an outpatient. What are the risks of this procedure?

What should I know about a needle lung biopsy? My doctor wants to do a needle biopsy of my lung as an outpatient. What are the risks of this procedure?

A: A needle biopsy of the lung is very useful in diagnosing many pathological pulmonary conditions. However, like any other procedure it is associated with some risks.

The type of procedure you are referring to is a called a ct-guided percutaneous needle biopsy. This procedure involves inserting a needle through the skin and chest wall to the area of the lung where the biopsy is to be taken, all under the accurate direction of a ct scan (a type of x-ray). The main risk of this procedure is developing a collapsed lung. The doctor doing the procedure will check for this complication after the procedure is completed. Most cases of a pneumothorax are easily manageable and simply just need to be observed until the body heals itself, however, a minority will require another procedure (and rarely surgery) to fix it. Other extremely rare risks include bleeding and the introduction of infection into the lung (pneumonia or empyema). These are extremely rare complications as precautions are always made to prevent these, e.g. Using sterile technique and also testing blood prior to the procedure to check that you do not have a predisposition to excessive bleeding. ...Read more

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How does a doctor perform a thoracentesis? Is it the same thing as needle aspiration? My father might have lung cancer and was told that he would likely need a thoracentesis. I'd like to know some more about the procedure so I know what to expect when I g

How does a doctor perform a thoracentesis? Is it the same thing as needle aspiration? My father might have lung cancer and was told that he would likely need a thoracentesis. I'd like to know some more about the procedure so I know what to expect when I g

Thoracentesis: Thoracentesis is a procedure that allows removal of fluid from the pleural space (the space between the lungs and the rib cage). Normally there should be little or no fluid there. If fluid does accumulate a physician can insert a needle between the ribs (under local anesthesia) and drain some or all of the fluid. The fluid can then be tested to see what caused its accumulation. ...Read more

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What causes fluid build in lungs?

What causes fluid build in lungs?

Inflammation: Inflammation or reaction to a foreign body like a bacteria such as infectio fluid in the lungs are also some disease states that cause your body to attack its own tissue and I can closterwood in the longs also remember that all these connect organs are connected in some way to each other in the chest so if the heart fails fluking back up into the lungs and vice versa is more competine you realize but it's a good question. ...Read more

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What causes fluid behind the lungs?

A number of things: When fluid accumulates in the spaces around the lungs (pleural spaces), this is called a pleural effusion. There are a number of causes for pleural effusions. One cause is heart failure. When the heart does not work well, its pumping action is decreased and fluid can back up into the lungs and the spaces around the lungs. Another cause might be inflammation of the lungs (as with pneumonia). ...Read more

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How can I remove fluid from my lungs?

How can I remove fluid from my lungs?

Multiple ways: Excess fluid in the lungs can be removed with water pills known as diuretics. Lasix (furosemide) is an example. You could also try decreasing our fluid intake. Both are effective but should be done under a health care providers care. ...Read more

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What causes you to get fluid on your lungs?

What causes you to get fluid on your lungs?

FLUID IN YOUR LUNGS: MANY POSSIBILITIES INCLUDING PNEUMONIA, TB AND OTHER UNUSUAL INFECTIONS, HEART FAILURE, KIDNEY FAILURE, LIVER FAILURE, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS LUPUS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS JUST TO NAME A FEW, TRAUMA, CANCER ...Read more