Bloody pleural effusion in a patient with sarcoidosis.

A 50-year old man was evaluated for pleuritic pain.. Chest roentgenogram showed diffuse parenchymal infiltrates and bilateral effusion that, on thoracocentesis, was found to be a bloody fluid. Biopsy of paratracheal nodes demonstrated abundant noncaseating granulomas consistent with sarcoidosis. Prednisone therapy resulted in rapid disappearance of the… CONTINUE READING