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fluid in the lungs

My friend had a blood clot from the cancer medicine called, Arumadex.  Now she's off of medicine, and is home from hospital.  She's taking cummaden to thin her blood.  She still coughs a lot from fluid in the lungs.  

How does the fluid leave her body?  Is this normal to cough it out of her body?
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Many illnesses can cause fluid to accumulate in the lung, including clots, heart failure, pneumonia etc.  When the cause is pneumonia, coughing is the main way of removing it from the body.  Diuretics can be effective when the cause is fluid overload, as with heart failure or kidney failure.  They are often given along with other medicines to improve heart function.  In either event it is normal to cough it out, but coughing it out may be a sign that additional "fluid-removal" medicine is needed.
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