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What is a transudative effusion?

A transudative effusion is one of two types of pleural effusions. In transudative effusions, fluid pressure in the blood vessels increases; and pressure exerted by blood proteins, such as albumin, may also be decreased. These circumstances may cause fluid from the blood vessels to move into the pleural space. This happens in conditions such as heart failure.

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Is it more difficult to diagnose pleural effusions in children?
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It may be more challenging to diagnose pleural effusions in children, especially in smaller children...
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Are there alternative treatments for pleural effusions?
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Currently there are no alternative therapies for pleural effusions. They often resolve without treat...
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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 is pleural effusion?
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Pleural effusion is the accumulation of fluid in the pleural space, which is the area between the pl...
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