Pulmonary Edema VS Pleural Effusion

Pleural effusion and pulmonary edema are two common lung conditions. These two share some aspects of the pathophysiology and cardiac failure, fluid overload, liver failure, and renal failure can cause both these conditions.

We have two lungs in the thoracic cavity. Lungs are covered with two thin tissue layers called the pleura.

  • Pleural effusion is the collection of fluid outside lungs while pulmonary edema is the collection of fluid inside lungs.
  • Pleural fluid collects in the pleural space while edema fluid collects in alveoli.
  • Pleural effusion gives pleuritic type chest pain while pulmonary edema doesn’t.
  • Pleural effusion reduces chest expansion, is dull to percuss while pulmonary edema is not.

Keyword: pulmonary edema vs pleural effusion.

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