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What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on x-ray?

What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on x-ray?

Fluid collection: There is a lining that covers your lung and a lining that covers the chest wall. There is normally a small amount of fluid in between the two. However, when more fluid collects then it can be seen on a cxr. Causes are many. A ct chest can help further help evaluate the effusion and the lining of the lung. Sometimes sampling the fluid with an ultrasound guided thoracentesis is neccessary. ...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 does it mean to have a small pleural effusion? Cancer?

What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion? Cancer?

May be due to spread: Plural cavity ( the space around lungs) normally will have very small amount fluid for lubrication around the lungs and chest wall. When detectable amount accumulates could be due to cancer cells deposits or could be due to heart&lung diseases( non cancers). ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on the chest x-ray?

What does it mean to have a small pleural effusion on the chest x-ray?

Fluid: A pleural effusion refers to fluid between the two very thin linings of the lung. This may develop due to heart failure, infection, trauma, inflammatory process or tumor. ...Read more

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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 more

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If a person has a pleural effusion, what does that mean?

Fluid around lung: Fluids around the lung can be reactive to many things including pancreatitis, heart or kidney failure, reactive to spread of diseases such as cancer, or infections such as TB or even asbestosis, or frank pus called empyema. It means the cells there are producing fluid faster than can be resorbed. ...Read more

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Thickened Small loculated left pleural effusion 4.2mm which is not aspirable What it can be??

Loculated pleural: This is most likely related to infection unless a trauma has recently occurred and then this can be related to secondary infection of a pool of blood that collected in the chest called a hemothorax. If it is only 4 mm this is too small for aspiration and usually will be treated with antibiotics/observation and CT to rule out malignancy which I am assuming has been done. ...Read more

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I had a report saying that I have a minimal bilateral basal pleural effusion of uncertain clinical significance. What does it mean?

It means: you have "water on your lungs" , which has many possible reasons. First of all your age is important, where you live and what your medical history is especially lung and heart problems. There are also infectious possibilities! See your PCP ASAP for complete person to person evaluation. Hope this helps! Good luck Dr Z ...Read more

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What does "opacity in the left lower zone with obliteration of the left costophrenic angle-pleural effusion" mean?

Density on xray: On the views of the chest x-ray or ct there is density at the base of the left lung cavity junction with the diaphragm costo-phrenic angle is that area. Could be fluid=effusion, or blood or scar. The density varies with the nature of the fluid. ...Read more

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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