Pericardial effusion

Case contributed by Dr Nolan Walker


Cough. No fever.

Patient Data

Age: 92
Gender: Male

PA chest radiograph reveals a mediastinal mass, which is in continuity with the left heart border. The hilum is visible through the mass.


A CT study revealed this to be a loculated pleural effusion.

Case Discussion

There is a wide differential for mediastinal masses.

Loculated pleural effusions can occur in isolation and, as in this case, be idiopathic.

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Case information

rID: 34073
Published: 25th Feb 2015
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest, Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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