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Disease or Condition — Lung and Respiratory Disorders:
exudative pleural effusion

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Description

Pleural effusion NOS (not otherwise specified) is a medical condition in which fluid accumulates in the pleural space, the area between the two layers of the pleura (the thin membrane that lines the chest cavity and the lungs). This fluid buildup can cause difficulty breathing, chest pain, and other symptoms. It can be caused by a variety of conditions, including infections, heart failure, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include antibiotics, diuretics, or surgery.

Synonyms
  • exudative pleurisy
  • pleural effusion
  • pleurisy
  • pleuritis
  • serofibrinous pleurisy
  • serous pleurisy
Symptoms (patient's findings)
  • chest pain on breathing
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
Basic Lab Tests (measurements)

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