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1. Physical Examination:

On physical examination, auscultation of the lung which show diminished breath sounds on the side of the lung that is affected compared to the normal side. This can be done on a routine physical examination. If there is also pleurisity or inflammation of the pleura, the physician can hear friction rub on auscultation.

2. A chest x-ray is the first radiological test that would show pleural effusion in most cases. A chest x-ray can also be done with the patient lying down to evaluate the extent and character of the pleural effusion.

3. Ultrasound at the bedside can evaluate the pleural effusion and can show that point out to loculations and chronic nature of the pleural effusion.

4. CT scans are the most sensitive and accurate test of diagnosing pleural effusion. Other useful information from a CAT scan would involve any pathology in the lung in addition to enlargement of the lymph nodes in the chest and other nodules that may point out to a cancer.

5. Thoracentesis is a procedure where a needle is attached into the pleural effusion and the fluid is aspirated. This fluid can be examined for different pathological processes including cancer versus inflammatory versus infectious causes.



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Van Nuys, CA 91405

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Identifying the cause of the effusion is important because the treatment will be targeted towards this cause. The doctor will find a treatment that will work best on the patient based on what type of effusion and symptoms the patient have.
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