Interstitial lung diseasePleural effusion in interstitial lung diseaseHighland, Kristin B; Heffner, John EAuthor Information Division of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine and Allergy, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA Correspondence to John E. Heffner, Pulmonary Division, 96 Jonathan Lucas Street, Suite 812, Charleston, SC 29425, USA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine: September 2004 - Volume 10 - Issue 5 - p 390-396 doi: 10.1097/01.mcp.0000134390.27904.a9 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review This review reports recent information on the occurrence of pleural effusions in association with disorders that produce interstitial parenchymal lung disease. Recent findings The occurrence of effusions has been expanded to include systemic sclerosis, polymyositis-dermatomyositis, several drugs, and several miscellaneous causes of interstitial lung disease (ILD). Summary Pleural effusions occur in patients with various forms of interstitial lung disease. The effusions require a clinical evaluation to exclude complications of therapy and coexisting conditions unrelated to the underlying ILD. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.