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Pleural effusion

Pleural effusion

Pleural effusion is when fluid collects in the area between the lungs and the chest wall. This area is called the pleural cavity. Because of the fluid buildup, the lungs may not be able to expand completely. This can make it hard to breathe.

Current as ofSeptember 5, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff

E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine