Pleural effusion

Pleural Effusion or Pulmonary Effusion is a buildup of excess fluid between the layers of pleura outside of the lungs. Some Pleural Effusion patients have no symptoms of the condition and some may have unrelated symptoms due to the illness or condition which caused the Pleural Effusion.


Some of the symptoms may include chest pain, dyspnea (breathing difficulty or shortness of breath), dry cough and orthopnea (the inability to breathe easily unless standing or sitting up straight)


As Pleural Effusion is a symptom of other illnesses and conditions, the prognosis and prevention of pleural effusion depend upon the underlying disease