I have recently visited ER due to a sob. Then, I was diagnosed with a pleural effusion of the left lung. Blood work and urinalysis completed during the visit showed normal values. I had a chest X-ray and CT scan, which confirmed such and revealed a mass in this area. The next day, I went to the medical center for pleural fluid drainage and subsequent sample analysis. The sample results from fluid were clear, and the drainage helped with breathing. I just returned from the medical center following the biopsy of that area. My radiologist indicated that the biopsy area was more shallow than he has experienced with other patients. I would appreciate your thoughts. I am currently on Lopressor and Losartan. I had not experienced a breathing issue before this, and it recently occurred just two weeks ago.
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In case of pleural effusion with mass in the lung, any doctor should do the suspect tumor in the lung.
Other conditions can cause pleural effusion like infection, inflammation, etc.; these conditions would have shown in the pleural fluid analysis.
But, a biopsy of the mass is a better test, even if it means getting it done through an operation.
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