Fluid from the chest cavity can be removed at home

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Pleural effusion, a fluid buildup in the chest, often results from heart failure or lung cancer.

First, doctors use a special ultrasound to accurately locate the best spot for fluid removal. They then numb the area and actively insert a thin tube using sterile tools. This tube effectively drains the fluid, with doctors adjusting its operation based on the patient’s comfort. They have the flexibility to pause and resume the procedure as needed.

Once the procedure is complete, doctors remove the tube. They may also test the fluid to diagnose the underlying issue. They always perform an X-ray afterwards.

In cases where the fluid rapidly reaccumulates, doctors recommend a treatment called pleurodesis.

This procedure takes place in a hospital. Here, doctors insert a large tube to remove all the fluid. Following this, they introduce a special substance, often talc, into the chest cavity. This encourages the lung to adhere to the chest wall, effectively preventing the collection of new fluid.

Lastly, how well pleurodesis works depends a lot on the care the surgeon gives in the first few hours and days after the surgery.”

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