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There are two ways of draining the lung fluid that I know. Needle is the easiest way if there isn't too much fluid. If there is a lot of fluid the other way is via chest tube. Its called plueral effusion(the presence of fluid on the lung) The lung gets compressed and it makes it very difficult for the patient to breath. My mama as well as dad was brought much comfort from having theirs drained.
My mama had hers drained twice. The first time was by chest tube. They normally do it at bed side. I insisted they put my mama to sleep for the procedure and we had a wonderful pulmonary dr. who went along with us. The next time mama didn't have as much and it was done by needle under either CT or ultrasound?? I just don't remember which.
After the fluid was drained Mama's surgeon put some chemo into her lung via the chest tube. He said it was to cause the lung some abrasions so the lung would adhear back to the lining. The chemo that was used was interferon.
Dad had PC with mets to the lung he too had his lung drained by chest tube dads dr. put talc into his lung after the draining. Mama's surgeon said the chemo worked better than the talc. The procedure to remove the fluid is called pleurodesis(I'm not a good speller)
At any rate do ask about either the talc or the interferon if they use a chest tube. Some doctors think the talc works better and some think the chemo works better.
The difference in pleural edema and pleural effusion. I'm just not sure which you are speaking about, Plueral edema would be like ascites it keeps coming and nothing really helps to stop the fluid and she could be sent home with a drain or it can be drained weekly. Also one last thing she should be on oxygen and have a pulmonary doctor on board as well. Thoughts and prayers sent your way. Let us know how it goes Hugs
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