Pericardial effusion, right-sided pleural effusion and ascites associated with stage IV endometriosis: A case report

Michelle Francis, Oluyemi O. Badero, Mark Borowsky, Yi Chun Lee, Ovadia Abulafia

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Endometriosis has rarely been associated with ascites and less often with pleural (usually right-sided) effusion. CASE: A multiparous, reproductive-aged woman was referred for evaluation of possible ovarian carcinoma following the development of dyspnea, progressive abdominal distention, weight loss and increasing secondary dysmenorrhea. Imaging demonstrated normal ovaries in the presence of massive ascites and right-sided pleural and pericardial effusions. At laparotomy, grade IV endometriosis was noted. Total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingooophorectomy and appendectomy were performed, with subsequent resolution of all cavity fluid accumulations. CONCLUSION: Pericardial and pleural effusions in the presence of ascites may be associated with endometriosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-465
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of reproductive medicine
Volume48
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2003

Keywords

  • Ascites
  • Endometriosis
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Pleural effusion

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