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Pleural Effusion after CABG
The combination of fluid around the lung(s) and a collapsed lung happens occasionally and i have written about this here. Are his surgeons no longer involved with the treatment? I ask this because other doctors are frequently not aware of this problem (sometimes called Dressler's syndrome or post cardiotomy syndrome).
When the lung collapses, it frequently becomes infected, thus the treatment needs to involve lots of chest PT to help re-expand the lung to normal, antibiotics, and occasionally anti-inflammatory and steroid meds.
Hope this helps,
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