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Title: Een ongewone verwikkeling na pleuroscopie bij een 70-jarige man met COPD en het “yellow nail”-syndroom
Author(s): MOLZAHN H
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume: 62 Issue: 11 Date: 2006
Recurrent pleural effusions caused by a yellow nail syndrome
A 70-year-old male with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was admitted to our medical intensive care unit for acute respiratory failure. The latter occurred four hours after pleuroscopic talcage of the left lung for recurrent pleural effusions caused by a yellow nail syndrome.
Chest X-ray showed an opacification of the right lung. Because of the time frame and the clinical and radiological presentation reexpansion pulmonary edema was diagnosed.
This case report illustrates a severe course of this unusual pathophysiological entity. Clinicians performing thoracocentesis should be aware of this eventual complication, the possible prophylactic measures and its distinct management.