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Fluid on lungs after heart bypass surgery

10/02/2007

Question:

My husband had a triple bypass four weeks ago and has had problems breathing since. We have seen a doctor 3 times since. We have been told that he has approximately 2 cups of fluid on his left lung, he is very congested and has a constant cough but they have set an appointment 2 weeks from now for an appointment with a lung doctor.

How dangerous is the fluid on the lung and should we be seriously concerned?

Answer:

Fluid can be in the lung (called pulmonary edema) or around the lung (called pleural effusion). How dangerous these are is dependent on what is causing them.

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Response by:

James M O'Brien, Jr, MD James M O'Brien, Jr, MD
Former Associate Professor
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University