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Do COPD or a pleural effusion typically cause "crackles". The crackles are apparently heard at the base of the lungs.

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Dr. Philip Brondon
Internal Medicine
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In brief: COPD exam findings

Yes both COPD and pleural effusion can cause crackles on physical exam among other findings.

In brief: COPD exam findings

Yes both COPD and pleural effusion can cause crackles on physical exam among other findings.
Dr. Philip Brondon
Dr. Philip Brondon
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Lung moisture

"Crackles" (also called rales, pronounced "rahls") simply mean there is moisture in lung tissue.
Neither pleural effusion nor COPD directly cause crackles. They can be due to pneumonia, heart failure, and other problems -- or maybe compression of lung by the effusion. But often it doesn't mean anything important. The doctor treating you will be able to explain the cause in your case. Good luck!

In brief: Lung moisture

"Crackles" (also called rales, pronounced "rahls") simply mean there is moisture in lung tissue.
Neither pleural effusion nor COPD directly cause crackles. They can be due to pneumonia, heart failure, and other problems -- or maybe compression of lung by the effusion. But often it doesn't mean anything important. The doctor treating you will be able to explain the cause in your case. Good luck!
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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