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What is a pericardial effusion?

What is a pericardial effusion?

Fluid around heart: Heart muscle is covered by very thin layer of tissue called epicardium. Further surrounded by very thin partially distensible sac called pericardium. Space between epi- and peri- cardium always contains small amount of lubricating fluid. Epi or pericardium can become inflammed or fluid can leak into this space. When fluid accumulates and becomes detectable it is an "effusion.". ...Read more

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 is pleural effusion?

What is pleural effusion?

Fluid: Pleural effusion is fluid build up around the lung. If the fluid is large it can compress the lung. Fluid build up around the lung can come from pneumonia, infection, heart disease, less likely from a traumatic injury. ...Read more

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Pleural effusion, what is that?

Pleural effusion, what is that?

Collection of fluid: 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 is plueral effusion?

Fluid in chest: Accumulation of fluid in the chest between the chest wall and the lungs. Can occur in many different disease states. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a pleural effusion?

Fluid pleural space: The pleusa is a specialized tissue that lines the lung(visceral pleura) and the thorax(parietal pleura), every day it is estimated up to 9 liters of fluid could be exchanged in between the pleuras. This fluid traverses the pleural spaces and gets absorbed in the visceral pleuras. The process is seamless but conditions that affect the pleura or the lungs may result in fluid buildup in the space. ...Read more

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What is a pleural effusion? How is it treated?

Fluid around lung: Fluid in the pleural space around the lung can come from heart failure, cancer, infection, etc. It is treated by drainage with a needle, insertion of a chest tube, or surgery. ...Read more

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What is a lung apice?

What is a lung apice?

The very top: Part of the lung is called the apex. Pleural of apex is apicies. ...Read more

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If the pleural effusion is associated with pulmonary TB is this serious?

If the pleural effusion is associated with pulmonary TB is this serious?

Med Regimen: TB is a treatable infection, but the culture of the fluid is important since it helps with selection of the most effective combination of antibiotics. Sometimes TB is resistant, but new drugs are being developed and tested. For example, the addition of Moxifloxacin in uncomplicated TB has recently been studied. The presence of pleural fluid should be followed. ...Read more

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What is minimal pleural effusion or thickening right?

Tuberculosis: Yoy have tuberculosis(tb) noted in your history. Tb can cause abnormalities like pleural thickening and effusion. The treatment your are taking is appropriate and you should be following along with your doctor. Your x-ray or ct scan evaluates the lung and the radiologist interprets the findings. ...Read more

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Pleural plaques and pleural effusion, what is this?

Thickening and fluid: Pleural effusion is fluid around the lung. Pleural plaques are thickening of the lining of the lung and chest wall. Both can be due to numerous reasons including infection, heart failure, exposure to asbestos and cancer. ...Read more

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When a person has a pleural effusion, what is the prognosis?

Underlying Cause: There are many disease processes that can cause a pleural effusion. Therefore, the prognosis would ultimately depend on what the cause of the effusion was. ...Read more

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Is a pleural effusion serious? Is it usually a sign of cancer?

Is a pleural effusion serious?  Is it usually a sign of cancer?

Sometimes: Pleural effusions can occur for a variety of reasons. Cancer is a cause of pleural effusion. How serious it is generally depends upon the underlying cause and the amount of fluid. Temporary relief can be achieved with drainage of the effusion (called thoracentesis). ...Read more

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How is pleural effusion diagnosed?

Imaging: either a chest xray, CT chest or ultrasound. Often we find pleural effusions on abdominal imaging as an incidental finding. ...Read more

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What color is the drainage from a chest tube with a a pleural effusion?

What color is the drainage from a chest tube with a a pleural effusion?

Depends: caused bybwhat? Trauma- bloody Cancer- bloody or yellow serous, or sero- sanguinous. Infection - bloody or cloudy or pus or serous ...Read more

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What color is the drainage from a chest tube with a a pleural effusion?

Depends: Normal fluid should look like light colored urine. Heart, liver and kidney failure effusions will look like this. If it's an empyema, it will be pus. If it's infection or something inflammatory, It can be pus, dark yellow, or bloody. If it's a cancer, it's almost always bloody. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pain after a pleural effusion?

What is the cause of pain after a pleural effusion?

Inflammation : The potential space between chest wall and lungs has thin lining--- the pleura , chest wall lining the parietal pleura is very sensitive any inflammation will cause severe pain, effusion is the result of inflammation on the pleura. ...Read more

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What is a thickened pericardium?

What is a thickened pericardium?

Pericardium: The pericardium is a very thin membrane that surrounds the heart. When the pericardium becomes inflamed from various causes, it can become thickened and can even calcify and severely impair heart function. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a pleural effusion and and a pleural infiltrate?

Fluid or not: A pleural effusion is a collection of fluid inside the chest, around the lung. A pleural based infiltrate implies a process within the lung itself, adjacent to the pleura - the lining on the inside of the chest wall and on the surface of the lung. The infiltrate could be a type of infection or possibly a cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sanders
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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