SATTAR FARZAN, M.D.
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To the editor: I read with interest the article by Hughson and associates (1) about their common radiographic finding of pleural effusion in women within 24 hours of childbirth, but the authors have unjustifiably called the fluid "postpartum pleural effusion." Without considering the more logical and likely possibility that the pleural fluid had formed during the last stage of pregnancy, they have asserted that the effusion had occurred after delivery. Apparently none of the patients in the retrospective and prospective groups had had prepartum studies for pleural effusion.
As extracellular body fluid progressively increases with advancing pregnancy and is lost
FARZAN S. Peripartum Pleural Effusions. Ann Intern Med. ;98:258. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-2-258_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(2):258.
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