What was the cause of your case of pleural effusion?
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What are the causes of pleural effusion?
There are many causes of pleural effusions. The following is a list of some
of the major causes:
Congestive heart failure
The development of a pleural effusion occurs from fluid seeping into the
pleural space, a thin area between the visceral and pleural membranes in the
chest cavity, which normally contains a small amount of fluid to facilitate smooth
lung movement. Fluid under pressure, malignant cells, and infectious agents can
occasionally enter this space and cause it to expand with abnormal amounts of
fluid and other compounds (see diagnosis section).