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Causes and management of common benign pleural effusions.
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PMID:  23206715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Benign pleural effusions are twice as common as malignant effusions and have diverse causes and manifestations, which often makes them a diagnostic challenge. Differentiating effusions as a transudate or exudate is the first, and often helpful, step in directing investigations for diagnosis and management. Congestive heart failure and hepatic hydrothorax are the commonest causes for a transudative effusion. Commonly exudative effusions are caused by infections or may be secondary to pulmonary embolism, drugs, collagen vascular diseases, or may follow cardiac surgery. This article gives an overview of the causes and management of common benign pleural effusions.
Rajesh Thomas; Y C Gary Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Thoracic surgery clinics     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1547-4127     ISO Abbreviation:  Thorac Surg Clin     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101198195     Medline TA:  Thorac Surg Clin     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Hospital avenue Perth, Western Australia 6009, Australia.
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