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How common is it for somebody to get pleural effusion?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
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In brief: Usually bad sign

There are many causes of pleural effusion, most of which are effects of other diseases.
Congestive heart, liver and kidney failure tend to creat fluid effusions. Many types of cancers cause malignant effusions of cancer cells. Pneumonia can cause empyema, which is a pus effusion. Trauma can cause a bloody effusion. Damage to lungs can also cause. Treat underlying cause or drain by tube or aspirate.

In brief: Usually bad sign

There are many causes of pleural effusion, most of which are effects of other diseases.
Congestive heart, liver and kidney failure tend to creat fluid effusions. Many types of cancers cause malignant effusions of cancer cells. Pneumonia can cause empyema, which is a pus effusion. Trauma can cause a bloody effusion. Damage to lungs can also cause. Treat underlying cause or drain by tube or aspirate.
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