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Is there a cure for pleural effusion?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Treat the cause

Pleural effusion is not a disease.
It results when the production of pleural fluid exceeds the body's ability to reabsorb it. It has many causes (pneumonia, heart failure, blood clots, trauma, bleeding). Fixing the underlying cause with or withourt draining the fluid usually results in "cure". With some exceptions, cancer that causes pleural effusion is not curable, but it it is treatable.

In brief: Treat the cause

Pleural effusion is not a disease.
It results when the production of pleural fluid exceeds the body's ability to reabsorb it. It has many causes (pneumonia, heart failure, blood clots, trauma, bleeding). Fixing the underlying cause with or withourt draining the fluid usually results in "cure". With some exceptions, cancer that causes pleural effusion is not curable, but it it is treatable.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Potentially

It all depends on the underlying cause

In brief: Potentially

It all depends on the underlying cause
Dr. Michael Sanders
Dr. Michael Sanders
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Depends

Depends on the cause .
.. Drainage will relieve the immediate pleural effusion ... But treating the cause should prevent it from coming back ... If not curable, can control with surgery (pleurodesis) or with chronic drainage (indwelling pleural catheter).

In brief: Depends

Depends on the cause .
.. Drainage will relieve the immediate pleural effusion ... But treating the cause should prevent it from coming back ... If not curable, can control with surgery (pleurodesis) or with chronic drainage (indwelling pleural catheter).
Dr. Eric Toloza
Dr. Eric Toloza
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