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Fluid on lungs after heart bypass surgery



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?


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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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