Effusion is an accumulation of gas or liquid in an area of the organism that normally does not contain it. These affected regions are generally natural cavities such as a joint
or "envelope" like the pleura
, the peritoneum
, or the pericardium
, for example, is an effusion of the pleura, pericarditis
an effusion of the pericardium, etc. Effusion is generally preceded by inflammation, either due to a virus or a violent traumatism.
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Latest update on November 19, 2013 at 10:53 AM by Jeff.