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Signs & Symptoms Pulmonology

Pleural Effusion
Signs & symptoms

Some patients with pleural effusion don't experience symptoms, and the condition is discovered during a routine physical exam or chest X-ray for another purpose. Others may experience one or more of the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, tightness or heaviness in the chest
  • Dry cough
  • Fever

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.