Patient Comments: Pleural Effusion - Cause

Question:What was the cause of your pleural effusion?

Comment from: karen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

Untreated appendicitis.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

A few years ago I developed pleural effusion, was treated and have been fine. My pulmonologist thought that it was possibly caused by my use of a beta blocker blood pressure med. I switched types and have not had a problem since.

Comment from: Geckl73103, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 28

I developed pneumonia without any obvious symptoms until I noticed difficulty in trying to take a deep breath. An X-ray was ordered and the results showed considerable pleural effusion. This excessive fluid in the pleura amounted to 1.8 liters when drained by thoracentesis. A small amount of fluid was left in the pleura and that amount has increased lately. Numerous tests of the lymph system, the fluid removed from the pleura, blood tests have shown no underlying diseases.

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