Pleural effusions in the intensive care unit.

  title={Pleural effusions in the intensive care unit.},
  author={Elie Azoulay},
  journal={Current opinion in pulmonary medicine},
  volume={9 4},
  • Elie Azoulay
  • Published 2003 in Current opinion in pulmonary medicine
The incidence of pleural effusions in the intensive care unit varies depending on the screening methods, from approximately 8% for physical examination to more than 60% for routine ultrasonography. Several factors contribute to the occurrence of pleural effusions in intensive care unit patients: large amounts of intravenous fluid are often administered, pneumonia is common, and heart failure, atelectasis, extravascular catheter migration, hypoalbuminemia, or liver disease are present in many… CONTINUE READING


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