Pleural effusion

What is Pleural effusion?

Increased fluid in the pleural space; can cause shortness of breath by compression of the lung and/or increased intrathoracic pressure resulting in mediastinal shift and increased work of breathing; a transudative effusion has low protein content and is usually due to heart failure, uremia, or hypoalbuminemia; an exudative effusion has high protein and cell count and is due most often to inflammation, malignancy, or infection; an infected pleural effusion is an empyema; a pleural effusion associated with pneumonia is a parapneumonic effusion; a pleural effusion without actual infection but with signs of a high degree of inflammation (low pH, low glucose, high lactate dehydrogenase, many white blood cells) is a complex pleural effusion and is frequently associated with pneumonia; a loculated pleural effusion is not free flowing in the pleural space but rather confined to one or more fixed pockets.

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My father admitted nursing home last week due to numonia...he got breathing trouble, after city scan doctor report is telling Mild pleural Effusion...

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Hello. Welcome to HCM,
Pleural effusion is a a condition of accumulation of fluid in between the layers of pleura which forms outer and inner...

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I am 20 years old i have tuberculosis due to Bilateral pleural effusion i used to smoke n drink i have finished 6 months of my medicine but due to...

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Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your concern.
No, smoking is strictly contraindicated in patients with...

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HI MY AUNT IS DIAGNOSED WITH PLEURAL EFFUSION .SHE IS 69 YRS OLD... ON EXAMINATION OF FLUID IT REVEALED PRESENCE OF METASTATIC MALIGNANT CELLS.....

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I got a chest xray in dec 6th.(non smoker for almost 9 yrs). went for chest xray,because I was due for Bone density test. Dr thought to do both....

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Hi, Initially I had some right sided chest pain which I suspected was related to GERD and wanted to investigate further without doing a...

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Hi, Please recommend a suitable sleeping position for a person having pleural effusion ?

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