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Pleural Effusion- An Unusual Cause

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Author(s): Ponnurangam Nagarajan Vinoth | Palaniyandi Anitha | Sathyamoorthi Muthamilselvan | Rajendraprasath Sasidharan | Sankaranarayan Shuba | Padur Sivaraman Rajakumar | Julius Xavier Scott

Journal: Australasian Medical Journal
ISSN 1836-1935

Volume: 5;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 369;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Hepatitis | Pelural effusion | Ascites

ABSTRACT
Hepatitis A (HAV) infection is one of the most common forms of hepatitis in the paediatric age group in developing countries. It is usually self-limiting and rarely accompanied by extra hepatic complication. In this article, we report two children with hepatitis A who had associated issues of pleural effusion and ascites. Both issues improved with resolution of hepatitis after symptomatic treatment. Although uncommon, extra hepatic manifestations can occur with hepatitis A. However, they resolve completely. Paediatricians in developing countries should be aware of this rare association to avoid unnecessary investigations.
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