Video: Pleural Effusion

Patient Advocate Missy Edmunds breaks down what a pleural effusion is and what can be done about it in this week’s episode of “What Does That Really Mean?”.


“Hi. I’m Missy Edmunds, a patient advocate here at The Mesothelioma Center.  Welcome to this week’s “What Does That Really Mean?”

Today I’ll be describing the term pleural effusion.

A pleural effusion is a build-up of fluid in the lining of the lungs. It’s also referred to as water on the lungs.

Most patients that have been diagnosed with a pleural effusion describe it as extreme pressure in their chest.

Pleural effusions can be diagnosed by an x-ray and show up as a whiteness in area

The fluid can be drained from the lungs but it will be very important to determine what caused the fluid to build up because this could be a symptom of something greater, like mesothelioma or lung cancer.

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for next week’s episode.”

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Nadia Persaud joined the Mesothelioma Center in 2011 as the Social Media Community Analyst. She is excited to be spreading awareness about asbestos safety and new developments in the industry with our online community. If you have a story idea for Nadia, please email her at

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