Rowlands DM, Zasik JM, Reed JF. Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma–Associated Pleural Effusion After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2004;104(5):215–217. doi: https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2004.104.5.215.
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Pleural effusions after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) occur in up to 89% of patients undergoing the procedure. Effusions present days to months after surgery, and fluid characteristics relate to timing factors. Most of the effusions are left-sided and resolve spontaneously. Pleural effusions requiring treatment occur in a small percentage of patients who have undergone CABG. Post-CABG pleural effusions in temporal relation to malignant effusions are not widely reported. This report describes a 50-year-old man presenting with a malignant left-sided pleural effusion 3 months after CABG, with characteristics resembling a late post-CABG effusion.
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