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Pleural Effusion

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.

By Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
Last Revised June 28, 2013

Last Revised: June 28, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

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

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