U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 38-year-old member asked:

does pleural effusion create pressure on lungs?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
It can: Pleural effusion i fluid collection in the space around the lungs. There are many causes. The fluid can compress the lung making it difficult to breathe. It may need to be drained.
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: The pleural fluid will exert push against the lung tissue at all phases of respiration but more noticeably it is a pressure against which the lung has to work during inflation. If the amount is high it can push one lung again the other side. And even against the heart.
Dr. Donald Thomas
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: The fluid can press on the lung preventing it from fully expanding.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions

A 29-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
A 28-year-old male asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
A 30-year-old female asked:
2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
A 40-year-old female asked:
2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Nov 3, 2020
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.