Diagnosis and management of patients with pleural effusions
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Diagnosis and management of patients with pleural effusions

Gain a broad understanding of the causes and treatment of pleural effusions

World Continuing Education Alliance
Updated Dec 19, 2019

Pleural effusions occur when fluid accumulates between the visceral and parietal pleura in the chest cavity, preventing the lung from expanding fully during inspiration. The reduction in lung volume, depression of the diaphragm and reduced chest wall compliance cause dyspnoea, and occasionally pain or cough. Pleural effusion is a complex problem caused by a variety of conditions requiring different treatment depending on the underlying diagnosis. This learning module discusses the causes and treatment of pleural effusions, referencing guidelines produced by the British Thoracic Society.

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