A 75 year old male with recurrent unilateral pleural effusion and positive ANA

Tanner Wallen, Nikhil Jagan, Mridula Krishnan, Zachary Depew

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This case report describes the clinical course and diagnostic challenges arising in a 75 year old man who initially presented with progressive shortness of breath. Imaging revealed a pleural effusion, which was recurrent following thoracentesis. While his initial workup suggested an autoimmune etiology, further diagnostic testing revealed a diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Curiously, the patient had no known asbestos exposure, which is classically associated with acquired mesothelioma. There are a small number of similar cases with a possible overlap between positive autoimmune serologies and mesothelioma; however, the underlying pathophysiology remains elusive. It is the authors' goal to contribute this case to the few cases describing such overlap syndromes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-303
Number of pages3
JournalRespiratory Medicine Case Reports
Volume26
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A 75 year old male with recurrent unilateral pleural effusion and positive ANA'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this