Fluid in the chest; Fluid on the lung; Pleural fluid
Chest pain, usually a sharp pain that is worse with cough or deep breaths Cough
Hiccups Rapid breathing Shortness of breath
Sometimes there are no symptoms.
Signs and tests
During a physical examination, the doctor will listen to the sound of your breathing with a stethoscope and may tap on your chest to listen for dullness.
The following tests may help to confirm a diagnosis:
Chest CT scan Chest x-ray Pleural fluid analysis(examining the fluid under a microscope to look for bacteria, amount of protein, and presence of cancer cells) Thoracentesis(a sample of fluid is removed with a needle inserted between the ribs) Thoracic CT
- Ultrasound of the chest