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Treatment Of Pleural Rub
What are some options for the treatment of pleural effusion of both lower lobes causing pain and impeding full breaths after multiple pleurodeses?
Depends on cause: The CAUSE of the pleural effusions is the most important factor. Both sides usually means heart failure, liver problems, kidney failure, or cancer in both lung spaces. All of these are difficult problems without easy answers. It is important to talk to an experience thoracic (chest) surgeon about the cause, and the possible treatments, which depend on the cause. Good luck to you! ...Read more
What are the possible causes of small encysted left lower lobe plural effusion with plural thickening ? initially patient was infected with h1n1 viru
Pulmonologist: A pulmonologist or thoracic surgeon is best qualified to evaluate and advise you after reviewing the films with the radiologist. A loculated area of fluid may be sterile or still have active infection or even malignancy present. This is definitely a question for the abovementioned specialists who will order further diagnostic tests. ...Read more
Cured from PTB 1 year back.got scar tissue on right upper lung & midzonal consolidation. Sometimes get shortness of breath. What is the cause?
Many conditions: It is possible with loss of volume due to scarring to have shortness of breath, from your description the scar tissue is in a specific focused area. I would suggest discussing other causes with your physician. A lung function test and oxygen saturation test can be performed. Avoid smoke and document any history of wheezing with your doctor and Virtual pulmonary healthtap consult appt ...Read more
How is thickening of the pericardial band dealt with? (no pericarditis, quite severe thickening & calcification). How invasive is the surgery?
Varies: If bacterial pneumonia with fluid= effusion are caught and treated early and with appropriate antibacterial agents, then full recovery is likely. If the effusion is large, drainage by thoracic tap="thoracentesis can be diagnostic and therapeutic. Depending on age, smoking, etc. One likely needs cut scan and maybe bronchoscope to rule out cancer of the lung causing the pneumonia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does "nodularity of visceral pleura" mean on CT scan? Was diagnosis with pleurisy and pleural effusion with atelectasis.
What is the efficacy of having a pericardial biopsy to determine the exact autoimmune cause of non specific onflammation. Reoccoring effusion?
They may be: Your doctor may want to identify what exactly is going as there are other conditions that can cause pericardial effusions besides autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
Minimal atelectatic medically rt middle lobe and lingular area on lt with multiple small nodules with subpleural density and pleural-based no pleural effusion or pneumothorax what does this mean?
Bronchoscopy: First you will need a diagnosis of what these nodules are. The atelectases in both lungs should be evaluated by looking at the airways to make sure there is no nodule in the airways causing collapse and in addition the bronchoscopy may just give all the diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pleural change: Nodular pleural thickening means an abnormally thick lining of the lung. ...Read more
Lung plural mass..is that mean it's on the lung surface or part on the mass on the lung and the other part inside the lung ...thank you ?
Pleural mass: A PLEURAL mass means that something of a tumorous nature involves the LINING of the lungs. The mass is BASED in the pleura. It could be extended into the lung. You'd need more information from tests or biopsy procedures to know to what extent spread has occurred if at all. More questions? Contact me at: www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi ...Read more
Do COPD or a pleural effusion typically cause "crackles". The crackles are apparently heard at the base of the lungs.
Open lungs up: Atelectasis of lung means there is no air iin a portion of lung. This occurs if a branch of the bronchi leading to that part of the lung is blocked by mucous/phlegm or even a foreign body (like an aspirated piece of food for example). Often use of cough, bronchodilators can open bronchi up and clear phlegm or a bronchoscope can be used to suction it out. ...Read more
Ct of the chest shows.there is no evidence of pleural effusion. lung show no interstitial markings or fibrosis.minor bronchiectasis noted.scared of tb?
Macular amyloidosis confirmed by skin biopsy from the pigmented patch on lower thigh. What is the line of treatment and prognosis .? Can it spread ?
Good prognosis: Macular amyloidosis is a local proliferation on the skin usually on the trunk as you have. It never spreads too much or into the blood. The treatment may be as simple as temovate (clobetasol) ointment twice daily to local cortisone injections, local liquid nitrogen, dermabrasion or laser treatment. ...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
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