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What causes pleural effusion?

A pleural effusion can be caused by medical conditions such as heart failure, pneumonia, cancer, and blood clots in the lungs. It may also be caused by diseases that affect the liver or kidneys, or from the use of certain medicines. The most common known cause is heart failure. However, sometimes the underlying cause of the effusion is unknown.

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Is pleural effusion serious?
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