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Respiratory Diseases: Pleural Disease

Year 11 Senior Science

Institute for Respiratory Health

A pleural effusion is an accumulation of excess fluid in the pleural cavity. It is one of the symptoms that can severely affect your quality of life when dealing with mesothelioma.



Asbestos related pleural disease is generally referred to as being asbestos related pleural effusion. Symptoms include shortness of breath and discomfort. When the pleural fluid eventually goes away, the pleura on the lung may become thickened which can compress the lung.

Pleural Plaques

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