Pleural effusion medical therapy

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Medical Therapy

Treatment aims to:

  • Remove the fluid.
  • Prevent fluid from building up again.
  • Treating the cause of the fluid buildup.
  • Therapeutic thoracentesis.

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of the pleural effusion. In some cases, the following may be done:

  • Chemotherapy.
  • Putting medication into the chest that prevents fluid from building up again after it is drained.


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