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Pleural effusion occurs when fluid collects in the pleural cavity—the area between the lungs and the chest. Fluid buildup may cause abnormal pressure on the lungs.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology|
|Last Revised||July 15, 2011|