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What Is A Pleural 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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