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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Asthma patient m 31 pleural effusion in left lung but radiologist says not enuff free fluid for aspiration fever SOB occasional sweating. What is it?

Asthma patient m 31 pleural effusion in left lung but radiologist says not enuff free fluid for aspiration fever SOB occasional sweating. What is it?

Possible infection: Pleural effusion is reaction to inflammation either in lung, chest wall or possibly something under left side of diaphragm Must rule out bacterial or fungal causes as well as viral. Should see pulmonologist if symptoms persist or worsen and may need blood and skin testing as well as sputum analysis. ...Read more

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My mom has fluid around her lungs and dr's did a tap and draw and they want to do a procedure called scarring. Would you recommend?

My mom has fluid around her lungs and dr's did a tap and draw and they want to do a procedure called scarring. Would you recommend?

The term Sclerosing: This causes inflammation and fibrosis or in other words scarring. The hope being it would keep the space where the fluid fills up in from existing and no long be able to accumulate fluid there. ...Read more

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Mom is 69. Fluid drained from lungs 2 weeks ago. Diagnosis of adenocarcinoma. O2 stat at 92-93. Ok to wait to call Doctor in morning?

Mom is 69. Fluid drained from lungs 2 weeks ago. Diagnosis of adenocarcinoma. O2 stat at 92-93. Ok to wait to call Doctor in morning?

Symptoms?: Oxygen saturation is fine. What are her symptoms? Make also sure that Palliative Care gets involved early based on treatment plans. Reason is twice, improved symptom control and better understanding of goals of care. I do not see any reason to call the doctor right away, however a timely followup will definitely help. ...Read more

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Why don't lungs fail during pulmonary edema?

Why don't lungs fail during pulmonary edema?

They often do: Pulmonary edema is one of the most common causes of respiratory failure. That's why we have ventilators and icus. Less severe cases of pulmonary edema can be tolerated well enough to avoid respiratory failure. Just like a rain, its a matter of degree. You can have a light shower, or a deluge and flash-flooding. ...Read more

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Does pleural effusion create pressure on lungs?

It can: Pleural effusion I fluid collection in the space around the lungs. There are many causes. The fluid can compress the lung making it difficult to breathe. It may need to be drained. ...Read more

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Can you have small pleural effusion in both lungs post pneumonia being only in left?

Yes: Effusion appears due to infection, but also when you not taking deep breaths. So, even if infection one on one side, it's hard to take breath all together. You need to do some Yoga Breathing. May cause some coughing, but may help to open up those lungs. ...Read more

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Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Probably normal: These changes are typical after pneumonia, but should resolve within 6-12 weeks. Ask whomever was treating you for the pneumonia about the need for a follow up chest X-ray in a couple months. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long does a pulmonary edema caused by lung injury take to develop?

How long does a pulmonary edema caused by lung injury take to develop?

Lung injury edema: Depends on the nature and severity of injury but if it's going to occur normally would be apparent within a few days. ...Read more

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I have been told I have pleural effusion, caused by a lung infection, but I am on holiday can it wait til I get home to get treated?

I have been told I have pleural effusion, caused by a lung infection, but I am on holiday can it wait til I get home to get treated?

It would be unwise: To wait as potentially there could be a rapid progression of both fluid production and spread of infection. It could be so rapid that you would die before appropriate management could even be initiated. You might be sad about missing holiday this year but at least you will be alive to have a holiday next year. ...Read more

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Pleural effusion in a pt with lung cancer. Do you drain it?

Pleural effusion in a pt with lung cancer. Do you drain it?

Only if symptomatic: High likelihood for recurrence so only if severe short of breath. ...Read more

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Are all pleural effusion from stage 4 lung cancer malignant?

Are all pleural effusion from stage 4 lung cancer malignant?

Confusing: Question. Pleural effusions from lung cancer are expected to have malignant cells but could be pneumonic from secondary infections. ...Read more

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Goodmorning. Which are the differences between pleural effusion end pulmonary edema on lung auscultation?

Goodmorning. Which are the differences between pleural effusion end pulmonary edema on lung auscultation?

Opposites: B"sd
yes decreased or absent Breath Sounds with effusion, rales and rhonci with edema
at least in the old days - However, I hardly auscultate these days. ...Read more

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Cardiomediastinal silhouette. Lungs are clear. No pleural effusion or pneumothorax. Do I have heart murmur?

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Cardiomediastinal silhouette. Lungs are clear. No pleural effusion or pneumothorax. Do I have heart murmur?

Heart sounds: Heart murmurs are found while listening to the heart with a stethoscope and evaluated with an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to determine it poses a problem. Chest x-ray can show complications of having heart murmurs from valve problems such as heart failure and enlarged heart chambers. ...Read more

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