Normally 1 to 15 mL of fluid in the pleural space
Alterations in the flow and/or absorption of this fluid lead to its accumu...
Underlying disease determines most systemic symptoms.
Patient may be asymptomatic until the amount of fluid is large enough to cause cardiorespiratory compromise/distress.
Dyspnea and c...
Antipyretic agents when febrile
Treat the underlying disease:
Antibiotics for infecti...
Clinical improvement usually within 1 to 2 weeks
With empyemas, the patient may have fever spikes for up to 2 to 3 weeks after improvement is noted.
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511.9 Unspecified pleural effusion
510.9 Empyema without mention of fistula
511.81 Malignant pleural effusion
012.00 Tuberculous pleurisy, unspecified
511.89 Other specified forms of effusion, e...
Q: When will the chest radiograph findings become normal?
A: They may take up to 6 months (or longer) to return to normal appearance.
Q: When will the pulmonary function tests normalize?
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