BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.03.2011.4008
  • Rare disease

Pleural effusion in a neonate

  1. Mark Butler
  1. Neonatology Department, Croydon University Hospital, Croydon, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sandeep Krishnanand Shetty, shettysandeep93{at}


A premature neonate who developed respiratory distress in the first few days of life was found to have a pleural effusion, which reaccumulated following drainage. The effusion was demonstrated to be a chylothorax. He required multiple chest drains and was started on a medium chain triglyceride formula feed. This brought about a full resolution of the effusions and he made a complete recovery.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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