Four faces of a parapneumonic effusion: Pathophysiology and varied radiographic presentations
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2007
Volume 12, Issue 4, pages 610–613, July 2007
How to Cite
HEIDECKER, J. and SAHN, S. A. (2007), Four faces of a parapneumonic effusion: Pathophysiology and varied radiographic presentations. Respirology, 12: 610–613. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2007.01085.x
- Issue published online: 22 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 22 MAY 2007
- Received 2 March 2006; invited to revise 22 March 2006; revised 4 April 2006; accepted 5 April 2006 (Associate Editor: YC Gary Lee).
- infection and inflammation;
- pleural disease;
- respiratory structure and function
Abstract: We report a patient methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia who developed fluid collections in three spaces in the thorax, the pleural space, the pericardial space, and a pre-existing bulla, in addition to mediastinal oedema. We discuss the universal pathogenesis for the development of these fluid collections and the explanation for the most common presentation being a parapneumonic effusion.