Colopleural fistula

Case contributed by Mosab Elkhair


History of colonic mass resection, recurrent chest infection. Chest tube placement for recurrent effusion, chest tube oozing stool.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

The prominent finding on this study is a defect in the posterior wall of the middle part of the descending colon with tracking of contrast through the left retroperitoneum.

After instilling contrast via rectal enema, it leaks through the defect in the inferior aspect of the posteromedial left parietal pleura to collect in the left costophrenic recess of the pleural cavity

Case Discussion

The key to this diagnosis is to follow the course of the contrast material which, after having been injected through the rectum, crosses into the pleural cavity. That, coupled with relevant clinical history and the chest tube oozing stool cinch the diagnosis of a colopleural fistula.

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Case information

rID: 61761
Published: 18th Jul 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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