Black Pleural Effusion as a Complication of Acute Pancreatitis
Transient and reactive pleural effusion is a known consequence of acute pancreatitis. Usually, the pleural effusion is unilateral, transudate, straw-colored, and self-resolving. We report a rare case of massive left-sided black pleural effusion as a complication of acute pancreatitis with the background of chronic pancreatitis being secondary to alcohol abuse. The pleural effusion resulted in hypoxic respiratory failure. However, the patient had significant improvement after drainage of the pleural effusion and the appropriate management of sepsis with broad-spectrum antibiotics. The patient had a significant improvement and recovery with conservative management without the need for endoscopic therapy or surgical intervention.
Arumairaj, A. J., Davalos, F., Matari, H., Bamgboje, A. O., & Habtes, I. (2022). Black Pleural Effusion as a Complication of Acute Pancreatitis. Cureus, 14 (12), e32783. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.32783