FAYSAL M. HASAN, M.D.
To the editor: I read with interest the paper by Galen and associates (1) on hemorrhagic pleural effusion in patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis. When pleural effusion is found in a uremic case, one must rule out other causes. My main interest was in the patient who initially, before the administration of heparin, had a clear yellow pleural fluid, a chest X ray confirming the effusion, and "bilateral pleural thickening with pleural calcification on the right."
My inquiry is whether this was a benign persistent pleural effusion associated with asbestosis. Pleural plaques and calcifications from asbestos exposure may occur without parenchymal
HASAN FM. Asbestos Pleural Effusion?. Ann Intern Med. ;83:735. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-5-735_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(5):735.
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