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What are the key symptoms of pleural effusion?

What are the key symptoms of pleural effusion?

See below: sometimes there are no symptoms if the effusion is small or develops slowly. Other times and most often, patients are short of breath. They can also have pain due to the fluid irritating the lining of the lung - called pleurisy. ...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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What are the causes of loculated pleural effusion?

What are the causes of loculated pleural effusion?

Several: The fluid, or initial bloody fluid, or pus settles to the bottom of the pleural space( between the lung and the chest wall) it clots or gets thick and sticks in the dependent area and the lung sticks around it. If there is a lot of bloody or fibrinous fluid it may get stuck in several places- collections called loculations. ...Read more

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What are common signs and symptoms of a pleural effusion?

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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What are the core symptoms of pericarditis?

What are the core symptoms of pericarditis?

Chest pain, fatigue: The usual symptoms of pericarditis include sharp chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, and possibly exercise intolerance. If the process is acute, or sudden onset (often from an infectious etiology), you may also have signs of infection such as fever, headache, muscle aches/pains, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of constrictive pericarditis?

What are the symptoms of constrictive pericarditis?

Varies: Can range from mild shortness of breathe with exertion to flash pulmonay edema and florid heart failure. ...Read more

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What are the key symptoms of dermatosclerosis?

What are the key symptoms of dermatosclerosis?

Thickened skin: It is a thickening of the skin usually on the upper back and back of the neck. More common in diabetics and heavier people. Treatment is difficult as medicine is partially effective in preventing progression of problem. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?

What are the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?

Breathlessness: Shortness of breath with exertion is the most frequent symptom. Dry cough and ankle swelling may occur. Eventually breathlessness even at rest can occur. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of interstitial pneumonitis?

What are the symptoms of interstitial pneumonitis?

Varied symptoms: Symptoms of interstitial pneumonitis can be variable - chronic cough, shortness of breath, reduced exercise capacity. Symptoms depend on the extent & severity of lung involvement, age of patient, associated medical conditions, underlying cause etc. Talk to your doctor/pulmonologist if you have concerns. ...Read more

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What are the signs of pericarditis relapse?

What are the signs of pericarditis relapse?

Same symptoms : Relapses are hard to diagnose. Generally, if a condition relapses, you will feel the same symptoms as you had the first time. With pericarditis though, you can get a late constriction where you may feel swelling and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of worsening pericardial effusion, which was previously small?

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Chest Pain: Pericardial effusion can be a problem if not monitored by your cardiologist...Chest pain, shortness of breath can happen. If so, this is a life threatening condition and needs to be treated immediately. Usually, pericardial effusions caused by viruses get better on their own. An enlarging effusion is worrisome and needs to be evaluated asap. Go see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of fibrosing mediastinitis (fm)?

What are the symptoms of fibrosing mediastinitis (fm)?

Several or none: Early stages may have no symptoms at all. As the fibrosis progresses, symptoms develop based on the structure involved. More commonly the superior vena cava is compressed and can lead to engorged neck veins, head and/or arm swelling and headaches. If the trachea or main bronchi are compressed there may be difficulty breathing. If the esophagus is compressed, then there is difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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What are the pediatric symptoms of atelectasis?

What are the pediatric symptoms of atelectasis?

ATELECTASIS: When part of the lungs collapse, child will have shortness of breath, tachypnea, cyanosis and chest pain depending on the part of lungs involved. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis?

What are the symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis?

Cough, wt loss and..: Cough is one of the main symptoms of pulmomary tuberculosis (85-90% of case) along with poor apetite/fatigue, wt loss, and night sweat etc..But depending the location and severity of involvement, cough may not be severe at all. Tuberculosis can be non-pulmoary(10-15%)--in the abdomen, kidney/adrenal glands, brain, bones, neck, limbs, genital urinary tract, and even skin etc..Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atelectasis please? Existing with bronchiectasis

What are the symptoms of atelectasis please? Existing with bronchiectasis

Atelectasis: Usually has no significant symptoms other than the occasional cough whereas bronchiectasis can have significant coughing fever, pleuritic chest pain, thick mucous, bloody sputum, and bronchoconstriction and wheezing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of interstitial pneumonia?

What are the symptoms of interstitial pneumonia?

Similar to pneumonia: Interstitial pneumonia just refers to a specific x ray pattern of lung inflammation. It may be either related to infection or an inflammatory disease of the lung. Symptoms are similar to other lung diseases and include shortness of breath, with exertion or without) and cough ( often without much sputum production), there maybe constitutional symptoms like fever, and fatigue. ...Read more

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Pleural Effusion (Definition)

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


Effusion (Definition)

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