What Is Pleural Effusion? - Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment


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A pleural effusion is a buildup of fluid where in the body?

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1. Pleural effusions that have fluids indicating the presence of inflammation or infection are categorized as what?

2. What type of pleural effusion can cause permanent lung damage?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet will measure how much you understand about pleural effusion. Material you should be comfortable with includes a process of placing a tube to manually drain the effusion and the process of placing medication to treat pleural effusion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will understand the following by using the worksheet and quiz:

  • Pleural effusions that also have inflammation or infection
  • Using a tube to manually drain the effusion
  • Process of using medication to treat pleural effusion
  • The type of pleural effusion that can lead to permanent damage to the lungs
  • Location where a pleural effusion occurs

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding pleural effusion and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer a question about pleural effusions that include inflammation and infection
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the location where pleural effusions occur

Additional Learning

To fully understand information about pleural effusions, review the related lesson called What is Pleural Effusion? - Definition, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Identify a pleural effusion is and where it is located
  • Learn about the different types of pleural effusion a person can develop
  • Review the causes of pleural effusions
  • Recall the symptoms of pleural effusions and the different types of treatment options available