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What does "nodularity of visceral pleura" mean on CT scan? Was diagnosis with pleurisy and pleural effusion with atelectasis.
Multiple pathologies: Inflammation of the pleura, pleurisy, may be due to infections in the pleural cavity or overlying lung. There is generally inflammation of the pleura overlying lung infarcts. Auto-immune diseases, e.g., lupus can also cause inflammation of pleura. Pleurisy of apparent unknown cause should be treated as tuberculosis unless proven otherwise. ...Read more
how can pleura thickening cause pain if it originates on the visceral layer which isn't sensitive to pain?
Pleural innervation: It's true that the visceral layer of pleura has no sensory innervation. But the other layer of pleura -- the parietal pleura -- is continuous with the visceral one and lines the inside of the chest. This parietal pleura is richly innervated via intercostal and phrenic nerves, and is very painful when injured or inflamed. Ask anyone who's been awake while receiving a chest tube. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Covers the lung: The pleura is a thin lining of the chest wall and lung. The pleura must be opened if you want to operate on the lung or any structure inside the chest. Since it covers the chest wall the pleura must be punctured if you want to put a needle into the chest to sample fluid or tissue. ...Read more
Two layers: Lungs are covered in two layers of pleura, visceral and parietal. Both the thin layers of connective tissue with flattened epithelial lining. There is a potential space between the two layers and normally there is a small amount amount of lubrication fluid between the layers. ...Read more
No worries: Normal finding as the liver sits just below the right diaphragm and pushes it up a little which is noticeable on radiography. ...Read more
Yes possible: It is possible that there is scarring of the lung tissue due to a previous TB infection. If the infection has resolved this should cause no further problems. in some patients though TB may recur. Your physician will continue to monitor you with follow exams and chest radiographs as indicated. ...Read more
Visceral / Parietal: The lining (pleura) of the lungs consists of the visceral and pleural lining. There is a virtual (potential) space between the two and they slide back and forth without issues in most people. In a variety of inflammatory states (cancer, pneumonia, chf) fluid can accumulate between these two layers. Treat can include drainage by various methods. ...Read more
I am suffering from pleura thickening due to tuberculosis and the area where the thickening is hurts when i cough or take a deep breath. Whyis thatso?
I have pleura liquid in both of my lungs. I had an operation and doctors took sample from the liquid pleura, everyting is fine but no root cause found?
Pleural effusion.: If no etiology for the pleural effusion was identified on the first pass, then another round of thinking and testing may be necessary. A pleural effusion is not a diagnosis unto itself - it hints to another process occurring - this process needs to be identified. You should revisit your doctor and continue investigations until an answer, or list of answers, is reached. ...Read more
My 42 years old sister has been diagnosed on AdenoCarcinoma of left pleura about a year ago,with pleura effusion .is there any treatment except chemo.
Lung Cancer: sorry to hear that. Depending upon the stage, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these The most exciting recent advances in lung cancer treatment has been the discovery of genetic mutations in cancer cells, that in turn can be treated with medications that "target" those mutations. Talk to her treating doctor to check for EGFR and ALK mutation. ...Read more
Dr says I have scar tissue on pleura/lungs after having pleurisy earlier this year. Is this why i still get chest pain which is worse on exertion?
Could be: Obviously that is too complex of a question to answer with certainty over the internet, but it is a reasonable potential cause, particularly if your dr has evaluated you for more serious causes of chest pain, in which case nsaids or other pain management should help reduce limitation to function/mobility. Talk to your dr about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer