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Water in lungs after lobe removal

I had cancer that was 05cm and the hospital removed the bottom right lobe. Now three months later I have water in my lungs. Is this something I sould be concered about. My appointment is not till the middle of Dec. before I find out any answers. They found the water with a CT scan.
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replied November 25th, 2009
Small collections of fluid in the chest following lung surgery are not uncommon, although most will resolve within a couple of months following surgery. Important considerations in your case include whether or not this fluid collection is infected, and whether or not it is compressing the adjacent lung tissue. Finally, it is also important to determine whether or not this fluid is being generated by recurrent cancer or not (although this would appear to be much less likely, given your very early stage lung cancer).

Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide you with a specific diagnosis, or medical advice, over the internet. You should, therefore, discuss these concerns with your thoracic surgeon.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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