Foreign body (FB) aspiration is a serious medical problem that can mimic other respiratory conditions. Isolated pleural effusion is a rare presentation of FB aspiration. We report herein a six years old boy presenting with fever and cough without history of choking and respiratory distress and X-ray chest suggestive of pleural effusion. Although, the child was initially misdiagnosed as pneumonia with sympneumonic effusion, the diagnosis was established only once he coughed out a piece of foreign body. The present case highlights that FB aspiration, even though rare, should be considered as one of the differential diagnosis of pleural effusion.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health