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Life threatening chylous pleural and pericardial effusion in a patient with Behçet's syndrome.
  1. L Cöplü,
  2. S Emrí,
  3. Z T Selçuk,
  4. F Kalyoncu,
  5. F Balkanci,
  6. A A Sahín,
  7. Y I Bariş
  1. Department of Chest Diseases, School of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.


    Chylothorax and chylopericardium secondary to thrombosis of the superior vena cava and the innominate and subclavian veins were diagnosed in a patient with Behçet's syndrome. Immunosuppressive treatment, diet, and underwater seal drainage led to a diminished volume of pleural fluid and pericardial fluid and to a diminished concentration of triglyceride in them; pleurodesis with tetracycline was then performed.

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