Pleural effusion

Picture of pleural effusion

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Pleural effusion occurs when fluid collects in the pleural cavity—the area between the lungs and the chest. Fluid buildup may cause abnormal pressure on the lungs.

Last Updated: July 29, 2009

Author: Maria Essig

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology

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