Pediatric Nephrology

, Volume 20, Issue 10, pp 1487–1489 | Cite as

An unusual cause of pleural effusion, urinothorax in a child with urinary stone disease

  • Mithat BuyukcelikEmail author
  • Nihat Satar
  • Umit Celik
  • Dincer Yildizdas
  • Hasan Dursun
  • Musafa Soran
  • Ali Anarat
Brief Report


The association of obstructive uropathy with ascites has been known since 1863 and with pleural effusion since 1954. Urinothorax is a rare complication of blunt renal trauma, ureteral instrumentation or ureteral surgery. Leakage from the urinary tract may cause urinoma, retroperitoneal collection of fluid, which can lead to urinothorax. This case report describes a child with a massive right-sided pleural effusion that was caused by same-sided renal calculi. The effusion disappeared within a few days after adequate urinary drainage had been established.


Pleural effusion Renal stone disease Childhood Obstructive uropathy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mithat Buyukcelik
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nihat Satar
    • 2
  • Umit Celik
    • 3
  • Dincer Yildizdas
    • 4
  • Hasan Dursun
    • 1
  • Musafa Soran
    • 1
  • Ali Anarat
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric NephrologyCukurova University School of MedicineAdanaTurkey
  2. 2.Department of UrologyCukurova University School of MedicineAdanaTurkey
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsCukurova University School of MedicineAdanaTurkey
  4. 4.Pediatric Critical Care UnitCukurova University School of MedicineAdanaTurkey

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