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About Pleural effusion
This symptom might go unnoticed till it has reached a moderate or aggravated stage. Even then the symptoms usually are chest pain on breathing deeply, fever, cough and shortness of breath. Pleural Effusion is an unusual amount of fluid around the lung. The pleura is a thin membrane that lines the surface of the lungs and the inside of the chest wall. In Pleural Effusion, fluid builds up in the space between the layers of pleura. This happens when there is an underlying disease. Infections like pneumonia or tuberculosis, leakage from other organs like liver or kidney or issues with the heart, autoimmune conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis and cancer could be the trigger to causing Pleural Effusion. Doctors usually diagnose this with the help of imaging tests like X-RAY, CT scan or ultrasound and then they treat the underlying disease that caused the Pleural Effusion.
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