Bilateral Pleural Effusion: A Rare Case Report

Rakesh K. Chawla, Arun Madan, Aditya Chawla, Harsh N.andini Arora, Kiran Chawla

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A 24-year-old female presented with complaints of distension of abdomen, lower limb swelling and shortness of breath. On examination, she had bilateral pedal oedema, tender mild hepatomegaly, bilateral pleural effusion and ascites. She had received treatment on lines of chronic liver disease, congestive heart failure but did not manifest any improvement. Laboratory investigations including haemogram, echocardiography and liver function testing were inconclusive. Ultrasonography and computed tomography of abdomen revealed obstruction at the junction of inferior vena cava and hepatic vein with pre-stenotic dilatation confirming the diagnosis of Budd-Chiari syndrome. She was treated with balloon dilatation from right femoral vein and the patient showed marked recovery with decrease in ascites and bilateral pleural effusion and improvement in dyspnoea and leg swelling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-245
Number of pages3
JournalThe Indian journal of chest diseases & allied sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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