Beware the left-sided effusion

Michael W. Felz, Jenay Neely

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Abstract

A left-sided effusion is an infrequent clinical occurrence compared with bilateral or right-sided effusions. After coronary bypass surgery, a patient presented with dyspnea and an enlarging left pleural effusion erroneously attributed to congestive heart failure and refractory to medical management. Thoracentesis generated a clinical surprise, allowed specific therapy, and produced evidence for a rarely reported complication of coronary artery bypass grafting. The management of chylothorax and the differential diagnosis of left-sided pleural effusions are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Family Practice
Volume45
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

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Pleural Effusion
Chylothorax
Coronary Artery Bypass
Dyspnea
Differential Diagnosis
Heart Failure
Therapeutics
Thoracentesis

Keywords

  • Chylothorax
  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Pleural effusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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Felz, M. W., & Neely, J. (1997). Beware the left-sided effusion. Journal of Family Practice, 45(6).

Beware the left-sided effusion. / Felz, Michael W.; Neely, Jenay.

In: Journal of Family Practice, Vol. 45, No. 6, 01.12.1997.

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Felz, MW & Neely, J 1997, 'Beware the left-sided effusion', Journal of Family Practice, vol. 45, no. 6.
Felz MW, Neely J. Beware the left-sided effusion. Journal of Family Practice. 1997 Dec 1;45(6).
Felz, Michael W. ; Neely, Jenay. / Beware the left-sided effusion. In: Journal of Family Practice. 1997 ; Vol. 45, No. 6.
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