Pleural Effusion

It occurs when fluids build up in the space between your lungs and chest cavity.  There is always a small amount of liquid within this lining to help lubricate the lungs as they expand within the chest during breathing.  However, problem arises when excess fluid builds up. It can happen for various reasons ranging from an infection to cancer. Congestive heart failure is the most common cause.

People with pleural effusion often do not show any symptoms. Some common symptoms can be:

  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

It can be diagnosed through a chest X-ray or physical examination.  Pleural effusion can be classified as transudative or exudative.  There are various risks involved with its treatment. The effusions can be complicated or uncomplicated.  It can indicate a serious underlying condition that may be essential to address. Horizon Hospital is renowned for their distinguished lung care treatments in Thane.