[Rounded atelectasis and persistent pleural effusion on top of fibrothorax. Report of a case]

Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1985 Feb 2;115(5):166-71.
[Article in French]


The autopsy findings are reported in an 84-year-old woman who presented with a six-year history of right and left heart failure. A right-sided sterile transsudate persisted for 5 years despite medical treatment and repeated thoracenteses. Three years before death, a rounded density appeared in the right lung field, followed by a second 2 years later. At autopsy the pleural effusion was found to be related to fibrothorax, and the rounded densities consisted of two foci of atelectasis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / pathology
  • Pleura / pathology
  • Pleural Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pleural Diseases / pathology
  • Pleural Effusion / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pulmonary Atelectasis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pulmonary Atelectasis / pathology
  • Radiography