SESSION TITLE: Student/Resident Case Report Poster - Disorders of the Pleura
SESSION TYPE: Student/Resident Case Report Poster
PRESENTED ON: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
INTRODUCTION: A rare but well-established complication of peritoneal dialysis (PD) is hydrothorax, affecting 2% of people undergoing PD. These effusions are thought to be secondary to congenital diaphragmatic defects (more common on the right side) but may also be secondary to the increased intra-abdominal pressures from PD. When suspected, the first line investigation is chemical analysis of the pleural fluid which is expected to reveal a glucose gradient of more than 50mg/dL. Although usually sufficient to confirm a pleura-peritoneal communication, further investigation may be required to establish the diagnosis.