PLEURAL EFFUSION CAUSES
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What causes pleural effusion?
July 2, 2010 – Pleural effusion is an accumulation of fluid between the layers of tissue (the pleura) that line the lungs and chest cavity. The causes of pleural effusion can include congestive heart failure or a variety of lung diseases, like asbestosis, tuberculosis, pneumonia or lung cancer.
Occupational asbestos exposure can lead to several changes in a worker’s lung tissue – including pleural effusions.
Asbestos-related pleural effusion is a collection of fluid around the lungs that generally develops a few years after asbestos exposure. The fluid collection is not harmful and usually goes away on its own.
Pleural effusion causes
The 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 and excessive collection of this fluid.
Pleural effusion: Two types and their causes
- Transudative pleural effusion is caused by fluid leaking into the pleural space. This is caused by elevated pressure in, or low protein content in, the blood vessels. Congestive heart failure is the most common of causes.
- Exudative pleural effusion usually results from leaky blood vessels caused by inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the pleura. This is often caused by lung disease. Other exudative pleural effusion causes include lung cancer, lung infections (such as tuberculosis and pneumonia), drug reactions, and asbestosis.
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