A pleural effusion is a buildup of fluid in the area between the pleura (layers of tissue that line the lungs) and the chest cavity (the pleural space). Malignant pleural effusions are caused by cancer. As the pleural effusion grows, it compresses the underlying lungs and heart, leading to symptoms.
Ascites is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity. Malignant ascites is caused by cancer deposited in the lining of the abdominal cavity.
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