Large pleural effusion - infant

Case contributed by Ian Bickle

Presentation

RSV positive. Cough. Fever. Tracheal tug.

Patient Data

Age: 6 months
Gender: Male
x_ray

NG tube tip in the stomach.

Complete whiteout of the left hemithorax with a significant mediastinal shift in keeping with a large pleural effusion. Right lung clear.

Case Discussion

This large pleural effusion in an infant was confirmed with ultrasound prior to drainage. In this case, the pleural effusion is secondary to infection.

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