Manpower Minister Tan diagnosed with Pleural Effusion

Manpower Minister Tan diagnosed with Pleural Effusion
Mr Tan revealed that he has Pleural Effusion - a condition when fluids build up in the space between the lungs and rib cage.

SINGAPORE - Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who had been experiencing discomforts in his right chest area for nearly a week, has revealed that he has Pleural Effusion - a condition when fluids build up in the space between the lungs and rib cage.

He shared the news on his Facebook page Thursday, and said that he had been trying to pin-point the source and cause of his aches and pains during that time. He later sought diagnosis after the symptoms persisted.

"Every deep breath brought with it some discomfort," he said.

Mr Tan, 46, later underwent CT scans. The fluid was also extracted for examination, which was not blood, he said.

"Will wait for the outcome. Sounds like an infection? And if so, it should run its course and condition should subside.

"Life goes on. But this is a useful pause to reflect."

grongloh@sph.com.sg

Here is Mr Tan Chuan-Jin's full post:

It is one thing reading about and wishing others well when they are ill. It becomes very much more sobering when it becomes completely personal.

Seah Kian Peng was sharing with me about his condition and reminded me, (we hear it all the time but it's REALLY true), "listen to your body!"

My right chest area had been uncomfortable for about a week plus and I'd been trying to pin-point its source and cause. Aches and pains are usually regarded simply as that...aches and pains. But it persisted. I finally concluded that its probably internal. Every deep breath brought with it some discomfort.

Remembering Kian Peng's advice, I decided to go in for a check after my dialogue with SISEU and its management partners this morning.

Pleural Effusion. What?

Somehow or other I had fluids building up in the space between my lungs and rib cage. That explained the Pleurisy, the pain that came with each deep breath. The more important question is why it happened? What is the cause?

Blood clot? TB? Infection?

We CT Scanned as well as stuck a needle in to extract some of the fluids for testing. At least it wasn't blood.

Will wait for the outcome. Sounds like an infection? And if so, it should run its course and condition should subside.

Life goes on. But this is a useful pause to reflect...

Meanwhile,

"LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!"

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