The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. This may include listening to or tapping on your chest.
Tests may include:
- Chest x-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the chest
- Ultrasound—a test that uses sound waves to examine structures inside the chest
- CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures in the chest
- Thoracentesis —fluid sample extracted from the pleural space around the lungs with a needle
- Pulmonary function tests —to check breathing ability
- Biopsy —removal of a sample of pleural tissue for testing
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