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Malignant pleural effusions is when pleural tissue is not able to produce a small amount of fluid that helps the lungs move smoothly in the chest. Symptoms of malignant pleural effusion are dyspnea, cough, and chest pain.
A pleural effusion is an increased amount of fluid in the pleural cavity, which then presses on the lungs and makes breathing difficult.
Malignant pleural effusions are a condition caused by malignancy. As many as 40 per cent of symptomatic pleural effusions are caused by malignancy. Heart failure and infection are amongst other major causes.
The management of a malignant pleural effusion is different from the management of a nonmalignant effusion, so an accurate diagnosis is important.
Malignant pleural effusions often occur in advanced or unrespectable cancer or in the last few weeks of life. The goal of treatment is usually palliative, to relieve the symptoms and improve the quality of life.