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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 158-160

Pleural effusion: An unusual cause and association


1 Department of Medicine, KMC, Mangalore, India
2 Department of Pulmonory Medicine, KMC, Mangalore, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-2113.110431

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Filaria has a wide spectrum of presentation. We hereby present a case of Filarial pleural effusion that is a rarity in itself. Filarial lung involvement is usually in the form of tropical pulmonary eosinophilia with pulmonary infiltrates and peripheral eosinophilia, unlike our case where isolated pleural effusion of Filarial etiology was detected. Microfilaria has been isolated from Pleural fluid in very few cases, and ours was one such. Of late, there have been many incidental detections of Filarial parasites from varied anatomical sites in association with malignancy. Even in our case, we had one such unusual association.


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