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Pleural effusion is a buildup of fluid in the chest or on the lungs. There are two types of pleural effusion, trandsudate and exudate. Causes of transudate pleural effusion include congestive heart failure, kidney failure, and cirrhosis. Exudate pleural effusion can be caused by malignancy (cancer) or lung infection. Typically, transudate pleural effusion is more easily treatable. Symptoms of pleural effusion include chest pain, pain when breathing, difficulty breathing, and cough. Treatment depends on the source or cause of the pleural effusion.

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Terms related to Pleural Effusion (Fluid In the Chest or On Lung):

  • Effusion, Pleural
  • Empyema
  • Fluid in the Chest
  • Fluid on the Lungs
  • Lungs, Fluid
  • Pleural Fluid