Pleural effusion

Pleural effusion is when fluid collects in the area between the lungs and the chest wall. This area is called the pleural cavity. Because of the fluid buildup, the lungs may not be able to expand completely. This can make it hard to breathe.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine

Current as ofNovember 1, 2016

Current as of: November 1, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine