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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 108-109

Colopleural fistula: Case report and review of the literature

1 Hamad General Hospital, WCMC, Doha, Qatar
2 Department of Radiology, WCMC, Doha, Qatar
3 Department of Medicine, WCMC, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
A Haleem A El Hiday
WCMC Qatar, PO Box: 3050, Hamad General Hospital, Doha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.41917

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We report a 28-year-old woman, pregnant, at 24 weeks, with 3-day history of right-sided chest pain and shortness of breath. Few hours after admission, she delivered a dead baby. She had a history of right partial hepatic lobotomy and cholecystectomy at UK on May 2004 because of multiple pyogenic liver abscesses. Chest examination revealed signs of hydrothorax on the right side. Chest X-ray showed pleural effusion on the right side. Pleural fluid was exudative with high neutrophils. Gram stain and culture showed multiple organisms. CT scan chest and abdomen with contrast, combined with barium enema, revealed right colothorax communication. Colothorax fistula was closed surgically. On the following days, the patient's symptoms resolved, and she was consequently discharged.

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