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At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To help diagnose the cause of accumulation of fluid in the chest cavity (pleural effusion)
When to Get Tested?
When a healthcare practitioner suspects that someone with chest pain, coughing, and/or difficulty breathing has a condition that is causing an accumulation of fluid in the chest cavity
A volume of pleural fluid collected using a procedure called thoracentesis
Test Preparation Needed?