A hormonal effusion?
- 1Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, UK
- 2Department of Respiratory Medicine, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnstaple, UK
- Correspondence to Dr Charles Sharp, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW, UK;
A 51-year-old woman presented to the chest clinic with history of progressive dyspnoea and dry cough for 8 weeks. Her past medical history was remarkable for sleeve gastrectomy 3 months ago, which resulted in loss of three stones. She also reported migraines for which she had an implanted occipital nerve stimulator and had undergone hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy 18 months ago. Other history included hypothyroidism, hypertension and depression. Her medications were Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), Nifedipine, Losartan, Levothyroxine, Lansoprazole, Simvastatin and Fluoxetine. She had smoked for 3 years in her 20s, no more than 3–5 cigarettes per day and had no noteworthy occupational exposure. She had a family history of maternal myelodysplasia and paternal …