What are the Light's criteria for transudative pleural effusions?

Updated: Jul 02, 2019
  • Author: James J Lamberg, DO; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Atelectasis: Due to increased negative intrapleural pressure

  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak into pleural space: Thoracic spine injury, ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt dysfunction

  • Heart failure

  • Hepatic hydrothorax

  • Hypoalbuminemia

  • Iatrogenic: Misplaced catheter into lung

  • Nephrotic syndrome

  • Peritoneal dialysis

  • Urinothorax: Due to obstructive uropathy

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