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Pulmonary Vascular Disease: Rare Pulmonary Disorders |

Cholethorax: An Unusual Cause of Pleural Effusion With an Unusual Etiology

Jay Patel, MD; Vanthanh Ly, MD
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New York Harbor Healthcare Systems, Veterans Affairs, Brooklyn, NY


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):1199A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.1308
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SESSION TITLE: Rare Pulmonary Disorders

SESSION TYPE: Student/Resident Case Report Slide

PRESENTED ON: Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

INTRODUCTION: Cholethorax is a rare cause of pleural effusion but is a well documented complication of biliary manipulation. The mechanism behind this has always been documented as a biliary-pleural fistula. We describe a new etiology utilizing a transdiaphragmatic biliary gradient to support our claim.

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