Unilateral massive hemothorax in Dengue hemorrhagic fever: A unique presentation

Karanth, Suman S and Gupta, Anurag and Prabhu, Mukhyaprana (2012) Unilateral massive hemothorax in Dengue hemorrhagic fever: A unique presentation. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, 5 (9). pp. 753-754.

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Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a more serious form of disease characterised by plasma leakage syndrome, thrombocytopenia and disseminated intravascular coagulation. We present a 51 year old male who presented with fever, petechiae and acute onset of breathlessness. Emergency chest rhoentogram showed a massive right sided pleural effusion. On insertion of intercostal drain, there was a sudden gush of blood tinged fluid suggestive of hemothorax. There was no history of trauma or bleeding tendencies. Laboratory investigations revealed a raised hematocrit and severe thrombocytopenia. Dengue IgM was surprisingly positive. After aggressive supportive management the patient gradually improved and was discharged. While bilateral pleural effusion is a known occurrence in dengue hemorrhagic fever, massive hemothorax is unheard of. We report the first case in literature of dengue hemorrhagic fever presenting as unilateral massive hemothorax. A suspicion of dengue must also be borne in mind in cases of non-traumatic hemothorax especially in endemic areas

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dengue hemorrhagic fever; Hemothorax; Plasma leakage syndrome
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Medicine
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Neuro Surgery
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2013 06:33
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2013 06:33
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/79694

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