What Are the Symptoms of a Pleural Effusion?

Q:
What are the symptoms of a pleural effusion?

A:
A pleural effusion refers to an unusual amount of fluid accumulates in the pleural cavity. It may impair people’s breathing by limiting the expansion of the lungs.

Some people tend to have no symptoms at an early stage. When a pleural effusion develops into a moderate stage or large size, or has inflammation, people may have following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain that worsen when you take a deep breath.
  • Cough.
  • Fever.

If you think you have pleural effusion, please talk to your doctor and get more tests.

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