The modern diagnosis and management of pleural effusions

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Abstract

A pleural effusion describes an excess of fluid in the pleural cavity, usually resulting from an imbalance in the normal rate of pleural fluid production or absorption, or both. Pleural effusions are common, with an estimated 1-1.5 million new cases in the United States and 200 000-250 000 in the United Kingdom each year.1 This review describes how pleural effusions may be investigated and treated in the community and secondary care, with a particular focus on the emerging phenomenon of ambulatory management.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberh4520
Number of pages8
JournalBMJ
Volume351
Early online date8 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2015

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