Patient Comments: Pleural Effusion - Cause


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Comment from: Pookie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 26

Stage four non-small cell lung cancer is the cause of my pleural effusion.

Comment from: danM, 35-44 (Patient) Published: October 24

The cause of my pleural effusion was bilateral pneumothorax.

Comment from: Sanam, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I think wrong medicine was the main cause of my pleural effusion. Tablets for weight gain and some homeopathic treatment caused it.

Comment from: Help, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 26

My 11 year old daughter diagnosed with complicated pneumonia had a pleural effusion in her left lung. Two liters fluids were drained from her lung. Many surgeries later she is not better. We live in Hungary. She has been in ICU for one month now. Bottom of the left lung is not recovering. She has drainage tube in her with pus and fluids coming out, 100 ml or more a day. Doctors don’t know why the pus-like fluid is still coming out, they say she has empyema thoracis and lobar atelectasis.

Comment from: Rickymcg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

My case of pleural effusion was from reoccurring lung cancer. I was two years cancer free, then developed a dry cough that continued to worsen for 24 hours. I went to the emergency room and CT scan showed excessive pleural effusion, which they drained 3 times in 5 days, and inserted a catheter that lasted for about 5 weeks. The fluid was cancerous. Now I am being treated with Keytruda which seems to be holding it at bay.

Comment from: Minnie L. W, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: June 16

My late mother painfully suffered pleural effusion from systemic iatrogenic production of unwarranted/unwanted excessive IV fluids. It overloaded and caused edema, congestive heart failure and pulmonary respiratory failure. The worst part is the medical predators’ egregious care, they continued to inflict this sever pain and suffering on an elderly, vulnerable 84 year old lady who had ARDS injury.

Comment from: Joe, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 05

Head and chest cold caused my pleural effusion.

Comment from: Gowri, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 10

My mom is about 64 years old and had fallen unconscious for 4 hours in a bathroom fixed with gas geyser and less ventilation. She breathed in the carbon monoxide which was released by the geyser. Later she was found to have shallow breathing so admitted to the hospital and was half conscious for a day. Next day she was suffering from severe pain in ribs and couldn't roll on the bed or sit or sleep. She had an x-ray and was diagnosed with plural effusion. She was treated for a week on antibiotics and now is recovering.

Comment from: Alex, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

I had gone to emergency and was diagnosed with pneumonia sent home with medicines. As soon as I got home I made an appointment to see my doctor, and a week later went to my appointment not feeling any better at all. We looked at my x-ray from my emergency visit a week before and could see my left side had pleural effusion, then the doctor checked my oxygen saturation and it was at 70 percent. They did a CT and ultrasound and removed 2.4 liters from my left side the next day. I stayed in hospital for a week and stayed at home for two more weeks. We are not a hundred percent sure yet pneumonia is likely what caused my pleural effusion.

Comment from: Concerned Mom, (Caregiver) Published: November 25

Six months ago, my 14 year old daughter had a spinal fusion and costoplasty which involved removing three ribs from her right side. She spent 14 days in hospital and was readmitted 4 days later in severe pain. She was diagnosed as having a pleural effusion and pneumonia. A chest drain was inserted and 1.5 liters of fluid removed. She spent 2 weeks in hospital on various antibiotics. Unfortunately, she is still experiencing a high level of pain. Further x-rays have been carried out and we have been told that she is doing well - the titanium rods and bolts are all fine and her lung is doing well. Yesterday, the right hand side of her back was very swollen and sore and again we went back to the hospital - only to be told she is fine. I am frustrated now. We don't know what the swelling is and why she continues to have so much pain. She has been given a prescription for codeine phosphate and no further checkups until her one year post-op review.


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Comment from: Kansas, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

I suffered plural effusion in 2010. They drained two liters of fluid every 10 days. I have two active granulomas in my right lung, and they found five old ones on my left ribcage. They also found thyroid cancer. However, all the doctors involved said that repeated plural effusions are not caused by either disease. I also have an enlarged spleen and liver.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 22

Well I just came back from a 5 day stay at the hospital. After being diagnosed with A-Fib in January 2012' now I could not walk more than 100 meters without being out of breath. The emergency department gave me intravenous Novosemide (LASIK) and I expelled by natural means 4.7 liters of water. Dr. Says that was too fast, hospitalized me and started giving me 160mg per day by pill and control my water intake to 1.5 liter max per day. All worked well, I came out yesterday, feeling 99%. Went in weighing 183 pounds and came out at 169 pounds. My chest cavity was full and now nice and normal. I believe this was caused by inadequate a fib drug dosage. One of the pill brought my heart beat down to 45 bpm, which is way too low for me. This drug was readjusted and now have heart beat in the 70's. Important weigh yourself every day and insist with the GP if you don't feel normal. I had to argue quite a bit that my breath was difficult and not normal. Also I could feel inflammation in my chest but not my feet and was told in mid-January that that was ok and normal on a fib. Just your own instincts and read these site. Now I am reading this site and I can't believe the GP did not pick this up 2-3 weeks ago. Anyway now I am home and feeling really good. The liquid is mostly gone and I am on 120mg nonsemide per day.

Comment from: mom, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 13

My husband was diagnosed with pulmonary infection such us tuberculosis and according to the doctor it includes pleural effusion.


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