Definition of Pleural fluid analysis
Pleural fluid analysis examines fluid that has collected in the pleural space — the small area outside of the lungs but inside the chest cavity.
Andrew Schriber, MD, FCCP, Specialist in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mount Holly, New Jersey. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 10/14/2009