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Korean J Crit Care Med > Volume 20(2); 2005 > Article
Korean Journal of Critical Care Medicine 2005;20(2): 183-186.
A Case of Respiratory Failure Caused by Gastropleural Fistula: A Case Report
Woo Hyun Cho, Dong Yup Ryu, Sung Yik Lee, Bo Hyun Kim, Yun Seong Kim
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea. yskimdr@yahoo.co.kr
ABSTRACT
Gastropleural fistula is a very rare disorder, caused by various conditions, such as trauma and postoperative complication, subphrenic abscess, malignancy, hiatal hernia. The major causes of the gastropleural fistula have changed from trauma and subphrenic abscess to postoperative complication of malignant disorders. We report a case of empyema that developed respiratory failure caused by gastropleural fistula in a middle age woman with review of related articles.
Key Words: Empyema; Respiratory failure; Gastropleural fistula
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