Pleural effusion

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Short history of progressive shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Mild cardiomegaly.

Moderate right sided pleural effusion.  Right basal compressive atelectasis.

Left lung clear.

Case Discussion

A very nice example of a meniscus observed in pleural effusions, with the edge of the effusion tapering upwards at the lateral aspect.

In the erect position, this meniscus is the characteristic feature of an effusion. 

 

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