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How to manage pleural effusion?
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Depends on ethiology.
Provide more information about context and severity to provide specific answer.

In brief: Depends
Depends on ethiology.
Provide more information about context and severity to provide specific answer.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Eric Toloza
can drain with needle or catheter (thoracentesis), can place chest tube to drain, can drain with thoracoscopy which will allow biopsies and pleurodesis, can place Pleurx catheter if repeated drainage is needed.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: See below
Initially, a thoracentesis is done.
This allows drainage and allows the fluid to be sent for analysis. If you are in the hospital, chest tube drainage is another common option. If it is recurrent, then there are other options. These include pleurodesis, where a chemical is placed in the pleural space to make the linings of the lung stick together; Tunneled chest tube; VATS

In brief: See below
Initially, a thoracentesis is done.
This allows drainage and allows the fluid to be sent for analysis. If you are in the hospital, chest tube drainage is another common option. If it is recurrent, then there are other options. These include pleurodesis, where a chemical is placed in the pleural space to make the linings of the lung stick together; Tunneled chest tube; VATS
Dr. Michael Sanders
Dr. Michael Sanders
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