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Liquid around the Lungs



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


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