How is pleural effusion treated?
To treat pleural effusion, a doctor can insert a tube into your pleural space and remove the excess fluid. This is known as thoracentesis, or 'tapping', and be done periodically if fluid keeps building up. In some cases, draining tubes may be left in the chest cavity. Further treatment of pleural effusion involves treating the underlying cause as appropriate.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 15 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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