Pleural Effusions

  • Matthew A. Facktor

A pleural effusion develops when the volume of fluid entering the pleural space exceeds the amount that can be removed via the lymphatics. Effusions result from either increased pleural fluid formation or decreased lymphatic clearance, or a combination of these two. The most common causes are congestive heart failure (CHF), pneumonia, cancer, and pulmonary embolism.


Chest Tube Pleural Fluid Pleural Space Tube Thoracostomy Oncotic Pressure 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew A. Facktor
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  1. 1.Thoracic Surgery, Department of SurgeryGeisinger Medical CenterDanvilleUSA

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