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My kid had severe pneumonia which developed plural effusion. We did X-ray and it showed fluid the both side of the chest. He is on antibiotic therapy but fever is persistent, and the pleural fluid is cloudy. How is pleural effusion treated? What is a possible therapy? Worried mother.

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In a case of pleural effusion chest should be drained. Sometimes it is necessary to repeat drainage 2-3 times if fluid returns. Since you said that fluid looked cloudy on the lung X-ray further treatment depended of the character of the fluid. Fluid should be analyzed. There is antibiotic therapy with chloramphenicol or clooxacin and gentamicin in case that infection is caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Good luck!
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Hello there,

Well first of all pleural effusion is a buildup fluid between lungs and chest cavity, and this excessive fluid is abnormal amount of the fluid which is usually there to lubricate the pleura. Most common symptoms of this condition include: chest pain which gets worse with cough or deep breaths, cough, fever, hiccups, rapid breathing and shortness of breath.

Treatment of the pleural effusion is focused on removing the fluid, preventing the fluid from building up again and treating the cause of the fluid buildup.

If this condition is left unthread excessive fluid can damage the lung, and this fluid can get infected as well. If that happen a condition called empyema will need to be drained out.

 

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