What is fluid on the lung?
The term ‘fluid on the lung’ may be used to explain different things. These include:
Pleural effusion – fluid between the ribs and the lung, like a balloon pushed into a bucket of water
Thoracic surgeons help diagnose and treat people with a pleural effusion. A small amount of fluid can be normal soon after thoracic surgery.
Pulmonary oedema – fluid within the lung tissue, like a wet sponge
Pulmonary oedema is mostly caused by heart problems and will not usually be treated by thoracic surgeons.