Aetiology. Exudative Pleural Effusions. What is an Exudate?. A cloudy fluid containing proteins and cellular debris which has escaped from blood vessels and has been deposited in tissues, or on tissue surfaces, usually as a result of inflammation.
A cloudy fluid containing proteins and cellular debris which has escaped from blood vessels and has been deposited in tissues, or on tissue surfaces, usually as a result of inflammation.
Once an exudative pleural effusion has been established from the fluid test, the causes can be investigated.
An exudative pleural effusion is not a pathology in itself and is always caused by something else such as:
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