Acute pyelonephritis associated with transudative pleural effusion in a middle-aged woman without urinary tract obstruction

I. Kuan Wang, Feng Rong Chuang, Hung Yu Chang, Chun Liang Lin, Cheng Ta Yang*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objective: To describe a case of acute pyelonephritis associated with pleural effusion. Clinical Presentation and Intervention: A 39-year-old female non-smoker who had Escherichia coli bacteremia due to acute pyelonephritis, developed bilateral transudative pleural effusions during hospitalization. She was successfully treated with intravenous antibiotic therapy. Follow-up chest radiographs revealed complete resolution of the bilateral pleural effusions. Conclusion: Though quite rare, pleural effusion is a potential complication of acute pyelonephritis. The exact pathogenesis of transudative pleural effusion is unknown, but the effusion may resolve spontaneously when infection is adequately controlled.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-311
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Principles and Practice
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 06 2006

Keywords

  • Acute pyelonephritis
  • Bacteremia
  • Pleural effusion

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