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Some patients have no symptoms at all, and their condition is discovered when a chest x-ray is performed for another reason.

Symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing (dyspnea) with exertion
  • Inability to breathe easily unless sitting up straight or standing (orthopnea)


If you are concerned about pleural effusion or other lung diseases, please contact your physician to discuss ways to reduce your risk and whether or not you should be screened for c. If you do not have a physician, call our Physician Referral Service at 1-877-926-4664 or request a first time appointment online.

Last UpdateApril 19, 2011


To make an appointment with a physician, please call 1-877-926-4664.

New patients can request an appointment online.