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Pleural Effusion

PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:29 pm
by queenphoton
Any one who has Lymphedema suffer from plueral effusions? My dad has had Lympedema for many many years, 84now and is now suffering from pleural effusion.
He had his lung drained in July 08 and is now collecting fluid again. The test didn't reveal anything.
Any help?

Re: Pleural Effusion

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:12 am
by patoco
If my memory serves me correctly, I believe I sent you an email on this some time ago.

Here's our info page on pleural effusions:

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/thesite ... usions.htm

My pleural effusions got to be so bad that in April of last year, I had what is called a Pleurx catheter placed into each lung.

These cathetors allow my to drain my lungs at home, which I now do every two to three days. It has made an amazing difference in improving my breathing and quality of life. Also, thus far I have had absolutely not one iota of problems with the cathetors.

I'm presently putting together an article on this for a newsletter and when it is done, I'll post it here as well.

Pat