This learning module discusses the causes and treatment of pleural effusions, when fluid accumulates between the visceral and parietal pleura in the chest cavity, preventing the lung from expanding fully during inspiration. The module references British Thoracic Society guidelines and addresses reduction in lung volume, dyspnoea and how treatment can vary depending on the underlying cause and diagnosis.
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