How is pleural effusion diagnosed?
Pleural effusion is diagnosed from: the various symptoms and a medical history; a physical examination of the chest, and; imaging tests (chest X-rays, chest ultrasound, or computerized tomography (CT) scan). When aspirating the pleural effusion, a sample of the fluid is analyzed to determine the underlying cause of the effusion.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 15 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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