What Causes Pleural Thickening?

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Definition

A pleural effusion is a buildup of fluid between the layers of tissue that line the lungs and chest cavity.


Alternative Names

Fluid in the chest; Fluid on the lung; Pleural fluid


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Your body produces pleural fluid in small amounts to lubricate the surfaces of the pleura, the thin tissue that lines the chest cavity and surrounds the lungs. A pleural effusion is an abnormal, excessive collection of this fluid.

Two different types of effusions can develop:

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