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Massive Pleural Effusion in Diffuse Granulomatous Disease FREE TO VIEW

Aaron Brent Carter; Gary W. Hunninghake
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From the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and the Iowa City Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City

1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 1997;112(1):284-288. doi:10.1378/chest.112.1.284
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Although recurrent, massive pleural effusions frequently are associated with malignancy, they rarely occur in granulomatous diseases of the lung. We report the case of a 50-year-old man with a recurrent, massive pleural effusion and a diffuse granulomatous disease that involved the lung, the lymphatics, and bone marrow. The cause of the effusion and granulomatous disease is not entirely clear; however, the effusion did resolve with antifungal therapy and a brief course of corticosteroids.




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