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Life threatening polyserositis post oesophagectomy.

ABSTRACT: A 46 year old lady presented three weeks after an oesophagectomy for oesophageal carcinoma with increasing breathlessness and a large left-sided pleural effusion. Computed tomography (CT) scan of her thorax, abdomen and pelvis revealed a large left-sided and small right-sided pleural effusions, a pericardial effusion, ascites and intra-abdominal lymphadenopathy. The patient underwent both pericardial and pleural fluid drainage, however, unfortunately, deteriorated despite these interventions with increasing oxygen requirements requiring nasal high flow oxygen on the Intensive Care Unit. Her pleural and pericardial collections resolved with colchicine and later introduction of prednisolone over a period of 5 weeks. Polyserositis is well recognised after cardiac surgery, but such a dramatic complication after thoracotomy for non-cardiac surgery has as not previously been reported. The polyserositis may relate to the induction chemotherapy combined with surgery.


PROVIDER: S-EPMC6260429 | BioStudies | 2019-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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