Pleural effusion - meniscus

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Progressive shortness of breath. Apyrexic.

Patient Data

Age: 56
Gender: Female
X-ray

Large right sided pleural effusion, tracking towards the lung apex.

Mild mediastinal shift.

Left lung clear.

Case Discussion

Typical appearances of a pleural effusion with a readily apparent meniscus.

The effusion is beginning to cause mediastinal shift.

Investigation is merited, not least to exclude an underlying malignancy.

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Case information

rID: 50327
Published: 5th Jan 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Tag: rdgh
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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