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PLEURAL EFFUSION - collection of fluid in the pleural space

Signs and Symptoms of tuberculous pleurisy or due to infections by other organisms

  • pale
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of weight
  • body weakness
  • easily fatigue
  • slight dry cough
  • fever
  • dyspnea
Diagnostic Test:
  • X ray
  • Thoracentesis- aspiration of fluid for culture and bacteriologic media an for carcinoma study
Nursing Care:
  • keep bed rest
  • Encouraged highly nutritious foods
  • prepare patient mentally and physically for thoracentesis
  • assist physician for the procedure
Reference: Medical-Surgical Nursing Book and My nursing notes

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