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An 11-Year-Old Boy With Respiratory Failure and Massive Pleural Fluid DrainageAn 11-Year-Old Boy With Respiratory Failure

Sze Man Tse, MDCM; T. Bernard Kinane, MD; Eugene J. Mark, MD; Kenan E. Haver, MD
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From the Massachusetts General Hospital (Drs Tse, Kinane, and Mark) and Children’s Hospital Boston (Dr Haver), Boston, MA.

Correspondence to: Sze Man Tse, MDCM, Massachusetts General Hospital, 5th Floor, 175 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114; e-mail: stse@partners.org

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Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (http://www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


Chest. 2011;140(6):1659-1661. doi:10.1378/chest.11-1097
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An 11-year-old boy was admitted to the pediatric ICU for respiratory failure. Nine months prior to presentation, he developed right-sided pneumonia complicated by a 4-cm pleural rind. Because of persistent shortness of breath and a restrictive pattern on pulmonary function tests, he was taken for an elective decortication of the pleural rind. Postoperatively, the chest tubes drained excessive amounts of serosanguinous fluid (∼25 L/d), and the patient subsequently developed respiratory failure.

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