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What are the key symptoms of pleural effusion?

What are the key symptoms of pleural effusion?

Shortness of breath: The key symptom of a pleural effusion is shortness of breath ... Since fluid is denser than air, and since the chest cavity is limited by the rib cage (cannot not expand much), then accummulation of pleural fluid (or effusion) will cause the lungs to be compressed ... As more and more pleural effusion accummulates, then more lung is compressed, and shortness of breath gets worse ... ...Read more

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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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Doctor told me that symptoms of pleural effusion wont go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

It depends: So pleural effusion is seen on a chest x. ray, and after treatment (ie drainage), there should be a difference, however, if a cxr is taken day/ month later the effusion may have recurred. I do not have enough room to go into any further details however if a pleural effusion is seen on a chest x ray and it is large enough that it can be tapped, then it should be tapped for diagnosis & treatment ...Read more

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Doctor told me that symptoms of Pleural effusion won't go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

Doctor told me that symptoms of Pleural effusion won't go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

X-Ray does not show: symptoms, only density/ability to absorb X-Rays so they do not reach the film. Basically standard X-Ray images are just shadows, "shadograms" if you will, using higher frequency (above visible light) electromagnetic radiation. The shadows, on X-Rays, of pleural effusions/lung densities, etc. may linger longer than the effusion itself due proteins which take longer for body to remove than water. ...Read more

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Doctor told me that symptoms of Pleural effusion won't go away in X RAY even after treatment is it possible?

Maybe: Not sure exactly what the question is, but X-ray changes typically lag behind clinical lung disease. In other words, you can get better, but the X-ray may still look abnormal for a while. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I was wondering what are common symptoms of a pleural effusion?

Shortness of breath: It depends on what is causing it and how large it is. The more fluid the more it compresses and collapses the lung. The collapsed lung can not breathe for you. Effusions multifactorial, inflammation, heart failure, pneumonitis, cancer, post obstructive pneumonia, heart failure , kidney failure, hypoalbuminemia, granulomatosis etc. Shortness of breathatrestorexcertioninability to breathe laying flat. ...Read more

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What are common signs and symptoms of a pleural effusion?

Shortness of breath: As the chest cavity fills with fluid, the lung gets compressed. This can lead to shortness of breath, as well as possible chest pain, depending on the cause of the effusion. Fever is another possible finding, but is also related to the cause of the effusion. ...Read more

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Is a pleural effusion always dangerous? Does it need to always be drained. What are the symptoms?

Pleural effusion: 31 F asks: Is a pleural effusion always dangerous? Does it need to always be drained. What are the symptoms? ANS: yes, no & SX can be none to pain when take deep breath, SOB or to coughing up blood but depends on cause. So ask your Drs what they think is cause. Once this is known then advice may range from no worries! to do not begin any long books! Dr. humor here! But ask them they know u best. ...Read more

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Asbestos - how long does if it hapensfor pleusry or diffuse pleural effusion symptoms to appear after exposure. I was xposed 3mo ago. Could I have it.

Asbestos - how long does if it hapensfor pleusry or diffuse pleural effusion symptoms to appear after exposure. I was xposed 3mo ago. Could I have it.

Likely to take years: Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in the construction, automotive, and other industries. Currently it is illegal to use. Factors involved in how asbestos exposure affects an individual include the amount and length of time a person was exposed to asbestos, as well as underlying health. In your case, a single limited exposure is not likely to cause early or high risk of late lung problems. ...Read more

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Pleural effusion symptoms are still in X ray even after 6 month treatment.. any solution?

Symptoms or signs?: Symptoms refers to what the PATIENT is feeling; signs are what is seen by doctors. An X-ray can still show the lingering signs of a pleural effusion, especially if the pleural effusion is caused by "trapped" lung, cancer, or a severe infection. So, the "solution" depends on the CAUSE of the pleural effusion & what was done to treat it. Talk to ur doctor / pulmonologist for advice. Diagnosis is key ...Read more

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HI Doctor, i had pleural effusion almost a year ago, Doctor diagnosed it and treated me for 6 months. Bt its symptoms r still on x ray.

Further workup: The bigger question is why a 23 year old would have persistent pleural effusions. Further workup to determine the specific diagnosis is needed, only then can treatment options/ prognosis be known. ...Read more

Dr. David Cooke
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Pleural Effusion (Definition)

Pleural effusion is a symptom in which a person has liquid in the chest between the lungs and the chest wall ribs. Since the liquid takes up space, the person will have less room for the lungs to expand into, and so the effusion may ...Read more


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