Hi, just after advice really, my husband went to a&e with chest pains last month. And was diagnosed with left basal pneumonia. And was sent away with antibiotics. He did not improve at all and actually developed a cough and shortness of breath ( previously the only symptom he had was severe pleuritic chest pain he also had high WBC and CRP and only a low grade fever)
We went back to the doctor who prescribed stronger antibiotics and gave another chest XRay, this showed a pleural effusion. Which is now two thirds of his lung.
After these antibiotics he felt ten times better but still had the shortness of breath and cough, but we had our follow up appointment for the day after antibiotics and was sent to hospital for further tests.
The xray shows no movement on the pleural effusion, they also did a CT scan. But this time his bloods were normal.
We have to go back in Monday for a drain but I suppose my question is, why is the effusion still there, he has no symptoms other than the cough and shortness of breath, his body is no longer showing infection signs. The cough is dry and he has no fever.
I should also mention he’s 28.
Basically I just was hoping someone had been through something similar and can help because my mind is now wandering to all sorts of horrible scenarios of dare I say it... cancer or something)