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

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In brief: Only if symptomatic

High likelihood for recurrence so only if severe short of breath.

In brief: Only if symptomatic

High likelihood for recurrence so only if severe short of breath.
Dr. Scott Grover
Dr. Scott Grover
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Dr. Brian Mott
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Absolutely

Two reasons to drain it are for diagnosis, are there cancer cells in the effusion, this is bad.
Bumps you up to stage 4. Two, therapeutically it will be easier to breathe if the effusion is removed.

In brief: Absolutely

Two reasons to drain it are for diagnosis, are there cancer cells in the effusion, this is bad.
Bumps you up to stage 4. Two, therapeutically it will be easier to breathe if the effusion is removed.
Dr. Brian Mott
Dr. Brian Mott
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Yes

The fluid should be drained to alleviate shortness of breath.
A pleurodesis can be performed to prevent the fluid from coming back. This can be done using minimally invasive surgery or thoracoscopy.

In brief: Yes

The fluid should be drained to alleviate shortness of breath.
A pleurodesis can be performed to prevent the fluid from coming back. This can be done using minimally invasive surgery or thoracoscopy.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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