Symptoms of a pleural effusion – Infographic

Posted: 22nd Jan 21 9:00 AM

A pleural effusion is a build-up of an unusual amount fluid between the linings of the lungs and the rib-cage.

The thin membrane that lines the surface of your lungs and the inside of your chest is called the pleura. Normally there is a small amount of fluid within this pleura space to help your lungs move smoothly in your chest cavity as you breathe.

If more fluid than is necessary starts to build-up between the layers then you have a pleural effusion, which can limit the movement and capacity of your lungs. The condition is also known as ‘fluid on the lungs’.

Below is an infographic with information about the sympoms of a pleural effusion, as well as some of the most common causes. Click on the image to open it in a new tab.

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If you have suffered from a pleural effusion, or have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or diffuse pleural thickening, get in touch with the National Asbestos Helpline today – call us on 0800 043 6635 or email

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