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What is the rate of incidence for pleural effusion?

Pleural effusion is a fairly common condition seen by doctors. It is estimated to occur in as high as one million people in the United States each year. The most common underlying cause is congestive heart failure. Other common causes include lung infections, some cancers, and blood clots in the lung.

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