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Liquid around the Lungs

01/27/2011

Question:

What are the neoplasms that would cause exudative liquid?  What is the exudative liquid?

Answer:

Any cancer can cause an exudative liquid around the lung. It means that there is a buildup of fluid around the lung. Exudative means that there is more protein in it than a simple transudative effusion. Infection and other inflammation can also cause exudative liquid. So it's not just due to cancer.

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Response by:

Sandra L Starnes, MD Sandra L Starnes, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati