Article Text

Download PDFPDF
An unusual cause of a pleural effusion
  1. J Graham,
  2. R Winterson,
  3. J Grovell,
  4. R L Boon
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, UK
  1. Dr R L Boon, Accident and Emergency Department, Hope Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford M6 8HD, UK; robboon69{at}

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

A normally fit and active 15-year-old schoolboy presented with a 1-week history of productive cough, malaise, fainting, but no fever. He also reported pleuritic chest pain after repeated throwing of a ball 3 weeks previously. An initial diagnosis of pneumonia was made; chest x ray showed a likely parapneumonic effusion and antibiotic therapy was …

View Full Text


  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Patient consent: Informed consent was obtained for publication of the person’s details in this report.