Fluid accumulation in the lungs occurs due to two reasons:
Fluid on lungs, or "Pleural effusion" could have several causative factors.Chest X-ray, ultrasound, chest CT, are all useful for your doctor for determining the cause. Thoracentesis, removing/examining some of the fluid is also used.Among the many possible causes are- TB- infections of fungal or parasitic nature- Malignancy- Pulmonary embolism,- rheumatoid arthritis,- abdominal disease (like Pancreatis)- congestive heart failure- liver diseases (like cirrhosis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Hepatic Hydrothorax)- and many othersHepatic Hydrothorax is more common on the right side.More informations can be found on the related links.
pleural effusion, it is an overflow of liquid around the lungs
pneumonia causes fluid in your lungsPulmonary edema
Inflammation of the tissues that cover the lungs and line the chest cavity causes pleuritis, with fluid accumulating in the lungs.
A fluid blood clot is also referred to as a pulmonary embolism. It causes fluid to build in the lungs.
Abnormal fluid collection in the lungs can be caused by lung infections or heart problems. The biggest problem with it is that it causes shortness of breath that can lead to respiratory arrest.
how can you tell if you have fluid on your lungs
There are a variety of causes but here is a site that covers the most common: http://www.2ndchance.info/cough.htm
it causes heart and lungs more prone to infection..and fluid may accumulate in thoracic cavity damaging heart and lungs.
Fluid in the lungs may cause a bubbling sound in the lungs. If the fluid is inside the lung it is pulmonary edema, if the fluid accumulates on the outside of the lung it is pleural effusion.
Fluid in your lungs can lead to pneumonia, therefore, I would say that it should be looked into immediately.