Pleural Effusion

Pleural effusion is a medical condition where there is excessive accumulation of fluid inside the lungs. Pleura is a membrane that covers the outside the lungs and inside of the chest. It has excess production of fluid when it becomes inflamed or irritated. Some diseases can result in pleural effusion. They are pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure. There is shortness of breath with chest pain. Taking antibiotics, diuretics, and removal of fluid helps to provide some relief.

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I feel sudden chest discomfort and breathlessness. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a girl of 20. My height is 167 cm and weight is 75 kg. Over the past one week, I am having high discomfort and pain in my right chest when I breathe. The pain radiates to the right shoulder and right arm too. When I sneeze or blow my nose up, the pain is severe. I cannot explain this...  Read Full »

Dr. Kartik Sood

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you have a history of frequent chest infections in the past, which were associated with wheezing, secretions and fever as well, I would suggest you to consult a pulmonologist or a chest physician in person. Your symptom of chest pain, which increases on deep respiratio...  Read Full »

I have been detected with tuberculosis after pleural effusion. Is surgery needed?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been detected with tuberculosis after pleural effusion. It has been a month. I have been taking the TB medicine, but my X-ray is still not clear. I am being suggested that the pleural layer may need a surgery to be taken out and would not get dissolved with medication. I also h...  Read Full »

Dr. Kartik Sood

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Tuberculosis of the pleura is a common entity. In your case, it seems diagnosis must have been confirmed by thoracocentesis or a pleural tap and that fluid must have been sent for investigations. I would like to see those reports also. Pleural effusion needs to be drain...  Read Full »

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