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Is pleural effusion serious?

While pleural effusions may resolve without treatment, in some cases it can be serious. As a large enough volume of fluid builds up in the pleural space, it can reduce the ability of the lung to expand. This can cause difficulty in breathing as well as severe chest pain. Additionally, this could also affect the heart and its ability to circulate sufficient blood around the body.

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How is pleural effusion, a pleural cavity disorder, diagnosed?
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A doctor can make a preliminary diagnosis of pleural effusion by using a stethoscope to listen to th...
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What are the symptoms of pleural effusion?
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The symptoms of pleural effusion include: Chest pain that worsens with coughing or deep breathin...
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What increases my risk for pleural effusion?
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Factors that increase risk for pleural effusion include congestive heart failure and inflammation of...
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What is an exudative effusion?
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An exudative effusion is one of two types of pleural effusions. In this type of effusion, the blood ...
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