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Congenital pleural effusions: 15 years single-centre experience from North-East England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ben ShillitoeORCiD, Dr Janet Berrington, Dr Naveen Athiraman


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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Aim: The aim of this study is to add to the scant literature on congenital pleural effusions to aid counselling and clinical management decisions. Methods: Retrospective case series of 15 years of congenital pleural effusions resulting in live birth in a single tertiary foetal medicine/neonatal centre in North East England. Results: Data were available for 21 infants. Mortality rates were 43% overall. All spontaneous resolution occurred within 9 d, and active management was used where effusions persisted beyond this. Conclusion: Prematurity was associated with a poor prognosis. Resolution without active management occurred before day 10 and active strategies should be considered by this time.

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Author(s): Shillitoe BMJ, Berrington J, Athiraman N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

Year: 2018

Volume: 31

Issue: 15

Pages: 2086-2089

Online publication date: 19/05/2017

Acceptance date: 17/05/2017

ISSN (print): 1476-7058

ISSN (electronic): 1476-4954

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd


DOI: 10.1080/14767058.2017.1333097


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