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An unusual cause of massive pleural effusion in pregnancy.
  1. C A Wolfe,
  2. M W Peterson
  1. Department of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City.


    A 40 year old woman at 30 weeks of her eighth pregnancy presented with acute onset of dyspnoea and a large left pleural effusion after the onset of premature labour. A barium enema showed diaphragmatic rupture with intestinal contents in the thorax. Repair was accomplished through simultaneous left subcostal and thoracic incisions.

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