What are the symptoms of pleural effusion?

Pleural effusion, a pleural cavity disorder, happens when too much fluid infiltrates the pleural cavity. Many times, this disorder has no symptoms. If there are symptoms, they may include shortness of breath or chest pain when breathing or coughing. The pain may be continuous or may only be worsened by deep breathing or coughing.

The symptoms of pleural effusion include:
  • Chest pain that worsens with coughing or deep breathing
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Hiccups
  • Rapid breathing
  • Shortness of breath

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