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BRIEF REPORT
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 166-170

Pleural effusion following ventriculo-pleural shunt: Case reports and review of the literature


1 Department of Chest Diseases, Baskent University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Baskent University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Elif Kupeli
Baskent University School of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary, 5. Sokak, No: 48, Maresal Fevzi Cakmak Caddesi, 06490, Besevler, Ankara/Turkey
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.65048

PMID: 20835312

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Ventriculo-pleural shunt (VPLS) is an acceptable alternative in the management of hydrocephalus. Imbalance between the production and absorption of cerebrospinal fluid an lead to formation of pleural effusion in patient with VPLS and on occasion produce symptoms. Pleural effusion could be a transudate or a non-specific exudate. We report our experience with this modality in relation to formation of pleural effusion and review the literature to make recommendation for its management. Information related to patients' demographics, smoking history, prior pulmonary and occupational history, indication, duration and complications of the VPLS and their management was gathered to substantiate current recommendation with our experience.


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