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Butler, Joshua N.
September 2010
JAAPA: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (;Sep2010, Vol. 23 Issue 9, p50
Academic Journal
The article offers information on the general features, diagnosis and treatment for pleural effusion. Pleural effusion is being defined as an abnormal collection of fluid within the pleural space. Chest computed tomography should be regarded to eliminate tuberculosis or malignancy and to further evaluate the degree and location of effusion. Thorancentesis is a viable alternative for symptomatic relief for pleural effusions of all type.


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