Pleural Effusion: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and Complications

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Please discuss the signs and symptoms associated with your case of pleural effusion. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Lidia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

In 2013, I had a heart attack, consequently I had quadruple bypass surgery. In 2014, I developed a nagging pain in my right shoulder blade, and after a few days of pain, I went to see my doctor who told me to get a chest x-ray. I did and nothing showed up. A week later, the pain got worse and suddenly I couldn't breathe. My husband took me to the emergency room where I explained that I already had x-ray in file, but nothing was seen, so they performed a CT scan. From what I understood, I had pneumonia in the lining of my right lung (pleural effusion). I was treated and I felt much better. It is now 2018, and for two years, I have felt the same nagging pain, but it is not constant. It comes and goes, especially when I lie on my right side. I have no shortness of breath, so have not really discussed with family doctor, but soon will after reading this article. Did not know I could be getting it again.

Comment from: Oops I did it again, Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I am 62 years old and my pleural effusion happened when I was dehydrated and exhausted for a period of months. During that time I was also breathing in oil spill fumes which I felt burning my lungs. My first hospitalization was for anemia, second about 6 months later was pneumonia with pleural effusion on the right lobe, and renal failure. My renal failure turned right around and bounced back when I was hydrated. A thoracentesis was done and then surgery to scrape the pleural space affected, cauterized and closed with a glass tube. I was diagnosed before this happened with an autoimmune disorder and now I have an autoimmune disease. The rib the surgeon went through to get to my pleural space still hurts especially when I cough, but I am breathing better and hopefully getting this autoimmune thing under control. I know the signs much better and go to the doctor's office much sooner to avoid a hospitalization. I'm doing much better. The pleural effusion is not to be ignored so if you have shortness of breath and exhaustion please, please see your doctor soon.

Comment from: Geoff, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 17

I suspect I have pleural effusion from what I have read. I have gained about 10 pounds in the last few years, but have kept in relatively good physical condition by walking several miles a day. I am 73. Recently I have had shortness of breath and feel bloated in my chest/diaphragm area. With my fingers I can feel swollen tissue above my lower ribs on both sides. I have no pain. My blood pressure has gone up into the 140s/80s whereas it used to be 120s/80. I will wait to see if it gets worse.

Comment from: Sajjad Amin Bangash, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 25

Two years ago, I had been infected by pneumonia, which caused me to form a pleural effusion. Although I had treated it, my weight has substantially increased as I had lost a huge amount of weight during that disease. After a lapse of years, I have done X-rays and the radiologist confirmed the existence of a pleural effusion. Oddly, I don't feel any shortness of breath.

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