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99mTc-MAA peritoneal scintigraphy in pleuroperitoneal comunication in peritoneal dialysis patients

, : 99mTc-MAA peritoneal scintigraphy in pleuroperitoneal comunication in peritoneal dialysis patients. Revista Espanola de Medicina Nuclear 29(2): 84-86

Peritoneal dialysis is a fully-contrasted alternative for the treatment of end-stage renal disease although it is not exempt of complications. Peritonitis and exit-site infections are among the most frequent complications found. Pleural effusion secondary to pleuroperitoneal communication (PPC) is a serious and uncommon complication in these patients. We present the case of a 50-year old man diagnosed of end-stage renal disease undergoing treatment with peritoneal dialysis who presented progressive dyspnea and right pleural effusion. The peritoneal scintigraphy with (99m)Tc-MAA makes it possible to confirm communication of intraperitoneal dialysis fluid to the pleural cavity.


PMID: 20117860

DOI: 10.1016/j.remn.2009.12.004

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