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Pleural effusion


Water on the lung


Pleural effusion
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The nasty cold you developed was miserable, but it became much more alarming when you started having difficulty getting a full breath. The pain in your lower chest made deep breaths — and coughing — hard to tolerate.

At the doctor's office, you received an unsurprising diagnosis of ­pneumonia. But you were also diagnosed with something unexpected — pleural effusion, sometimes called water on the lung.



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