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Fluid in pleural space and PE's

luv4lacrosse's picture
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Has anyone developed PE's or fluid in lung or pleural space as a result of long term chemo? I developed 3 PE's around the first of the year, and dissolved by taking Xarelto. Over the last 3 weeks I had 1500 ML drained, and had a Pleur X drain inserted last Thursday. 2000 ML was drained then, followed by 500 ML on Saturday and 300 ML tonight. It's weird, the tumors and lymph nodes are dead and gone, I feel pretty good, even able to go to the gym with the drain in. I'm worried this is the beginning of the downward spiral.

Hope someone has something to share.


corleone's picture
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Sorry, can’t help, I had no experience with that. I am confused though, why did you take xarelto (an anticoagulant) in the first place? Unless you had something like pulmonary embolism; how would xarelto resolve the pleural effusion?

debbiejeanne's picture
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Mike, i can't help with your question but wanted to say I am praying for you.  This could just be a complication and not an indication that the downward spiral has started.  that's what i'm hoping and praying anyway.  hang in there Mike and try not to borrow trouble altho i know that's hard.

God bless you, Mike,


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D Lewis
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I've got no experience with the PEs.  I know my mother went through that, and it was not a big deal. That is what the drains are for, to assist you through a rocky place.  Holding good thoughts for you.  Hang in there.


hwt's picture
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No answers here but plenty of prayers and good thoughts coming your way.

phrannie51's picture
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I can't say anything, because I don't know what we're talking about.....but you know I'm sending positive thoughts and prayers....you are the longest residing pocket resident I have.... will be keeping you cozy in there. Laughing 


donfoo's picture
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Good seeing you reporting in. I guess it could be under better circumstances but still very nice to know you are hanging in there putting up the good fight. PE, like P I gots no idea bout that. Good luck. Don

robswife87's picture
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PE, would be for pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lung). That is what the blood thinner was for. As far as the fluid, I know nothing about that

corleone's picture
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I was confused about the PE acronym, thought it was pleural effusion. It now makes sense. But still no suggestions.

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