Causes And Treatment For Loculated Pleural Effusion?
Afternoon, there is fluid in my right lung, the fluid has been aspirated and I have been on medication for 9 months (can’t forget to take medicine every day). After undergoing treatment for 9 months and X-rays and another ultrasound, it turned out that there was still fluid remaining.. and the doctor diagnosed it as a loculated pleural effusion.. what I want to know is what is a loculated pleural effusion and what causes it? Is it dangerous? And how is it treated? Thank you.
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Between the lungs and the chest wall, there is a thin layer called the pleura. This pleura aims to lubricate the surface of the lungs and facilitate and smooth the movement of the lungs when breathing. When there is fluid that fills this thin layer, the condition is called a pleural effusion.
Certain processes make the fluid that fills the pleura actually form scar tissue or easily 'move' or the so-called loculated (loculated) which complicates the process of suctioning the pleural fluid. Because fluid cannot be taken up optimally, the lungs cannot expand optimally and cannot provide sufficient oxygen to the blood.
Regarding the various treatments, there are surgery to remove the 'crust', using a tube with various methods, to limiting the consumption of fat to reduce the production of pleural fluid.
So in your case, it would be more appropriate if you ask directly to the doctor who treats you, what treatment plan or treatment he plans for you in the future, because the choice of treatment will depend on your clinical condition. If due to limited equipment or abilities, your doctor cannot continue treatment for you, then you can ask him to refer you to a surgeon or a higher level health care provider. Get well soon.
That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D Basfiansa