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March 1973

Congenital Bilateral Pleural Effusions: A Cause for Respiratory Failure in the Newborn

Author Affiliations

Tacoma, Wash
From the Department of Pediatrics, Madigan General Hospital, Tacoma, Wash.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(3):435-437. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160030087019

Congenital bilateral pleural effusions are a rare but treatable cause for respiratory failure at birth. We recently managed an infant with ventilatory support combined with drainage of the pleural spaces.