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EFFUSION

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The passage of fluid through the walls of a blood vessel into a tissue or body cavity. It commonly occurs as a result of inflammation or damage to the blood vessel. A pleural effusion may occur in heart failure (as a result of increased blood pressure in the veins forcing out fluid) or as a result of inflammation in the lung tissue (PNEUMONIA). Effusions may also develop in damaged joints.

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