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Pleural Effusion Definition

Definition

The pleura are two thin, moist membranes around the lungs. The inner layer is attached to the lungs. The outer layer is attached to the ribs. Pleural effusion is the buildup of excess fluid in the space between the pleura. The fluid prevents the lungs from fully expanding. This causes shortness of breath. There are two layers of pleura:

There are two types of effusion:

  • Transudative
  • Exudative

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