Pleural effusions in right-sided endocarditis: characteristics and pathophysiology.


The incidence, characteristics, and pathogenesis of pleural effusions in patients with right-sided endocarditis (RSE) are poorly defined. We have recently observed four patients with a history of intravenous drug abuse and bacteremia due to Staphylococcus aureus who had pleural effusions during an episode of RSE. We report the pleural fluid characteristics… (More)