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The Role of a Pleural Effusion Doctor

Pleural effusion, commonly called “water on the lungs”, refers to the accumulation of excess fluid that lodges in between the pleura layers on the outer part of the lungs. Pleura are the thin membranes lining the lungs and inside of chest cavity which helps in facilitating and lubricating breathing. Typically, a small quantity of fluid can be found in pleura. When a pleural effusion takes place, it is a must to immediately see a pleural effusion doctor or cardiothoracic surgeon to avoid possible risks that can take place when the condition is not cured immediately.

When to See Your Doctor

More often than not, pleural effusion might not actually produce any kind of symptom in several patients. There are some who might experience a nonproductive dry cough, shortness of breath or a chest pain that is of pleuritic type (sharp pain commonly when inhaling that can worsen with coughing). You need to see your pleural effusion doctor once you feel worried regarding any of the said symptoms. Once your doctor also suspects that you might actually be suffering from pleural effusion, he will then raise several questions in order for him to discover what might have been the cause of the effusion. Your doctor is also going to have your chest examined and use a stethoscope for listening to your lungs.

A pleural effusion doctor will also be the one to diagnose as well as evaluate the condition using the following methods:

  • CT (computed tomography) scan of the patient’s chest
  • Chest x-ray
  • Chest ultrasound
  • Pleural fluid analysis
  • Thoracentesis

For severe cases, a cardiothoracic surgeon can also perform a surgical procedure in order to cure the condition. The pleural effusion surgery is done so as to remove the fluid that accumulated in the lungs of the patient and prevent it from coming back.

Dr. Farshad Malekmehr is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon who has a special interest in treating patients suffering from this condition. Request an appointment online or call us!

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Van Nuys, CA 91405

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Identifying the cause of the effusion is important because the treatment will be targeted towards this cause. The doctor will find a treatment that will work best on the patient based on what type of effusion and symptoms the patient have.
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