Updated: Nov 9, 2019
This is a 46-year-old male who presents with shortness of breath and unilateral decreased breath sounds and dullness to chest percussion on physical examination. He has a lot of medications that he is supposed to be taking, but he can't remember their names and says he doesn't take them anyway. A chest x-ray demonstrates a large pleural effusion. The fluid was drained and sent to cytology.