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Minerva Pneumologica 2007 March;46(1):47-52

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Differential diagnosis of pleural transudates: description of a case report

Pascalis L. 1, Saba L. 2, Sessini A. P. 1, Pia G. 3, Mallarini G. 2

1 Reparto di Medicina Interna 2° Ospedale San Giovanni di Dio, ASL 8, Cagliari
2 Istituto di Radiologia Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Cagliari
3 Pronto Soccorso Ospedale SS. Trinità, ASL 8, Cagliari


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The case of a 61-year-old woman who at admission presented a left pleural transudate effusion is reported. A multidetector CT scan with angiographic acquisition permitted a diagnosis of thrombosis of the upper vena cava astride the outlet of the azygos vein, thus classifying the pathology within the context of a “mediastinic syndrome”.

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