Does the risk for development of pleural effusions (fluid on the lungs) vary by age?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Kamran Boka, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Pleural effusions usually occur in adults. However, they appear to be increasing in children, often in the setting of underlying pneumonia. [12] Fetal pleural effusions have also been reported and under certain circumstances may be treated prior to delivery. [13]


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