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An unusual complication of hepatitis A virus infectionn [Medeniyet Med J]
Medeniyet Med J. 2008; 23(1): 33-36

An unusual complication of hepatitis A virus infectionn

Barbaros Şahin Karagün1, S. Tolga Yavuz1, Şehri Punar2
1Agri Military Hospital, Children's Services and Child Health and Disease Specialist, Agri
2Agri Military Hospital, Radiology Specialist, Agri

Pleural effusion due to hepatitis A virus infection is a rare complication during childhood and occur during early period of the disease. Here a 9-year-old girl with pleural effusion during hepatitis A infection is reported. A 9-year-old girl admitted to hospital with complaints of fever, jaundice, nausea and lack of appetite. Physical examination
revealed abdominal tenderness, hepatomegaly and scleral icterus. A clinical diagnosis of viral hepatitis was made. Laboratory data revealed normal complete blood count and
serum bilirubin of 8.5 mg/dl (direct 3.5 mg/dl). Alanine aminotransferase was 555 IU/L and aspartate aminotransferase was 331 IU/L. Serum proteins and prothrombin time was normal. Positive anti hepatitis A virus (HAV) IgM antibody titres confirmed the diagnosis of hepatitis A. Other viral hepatitis markers were negative. Abdominal sonography revealed mild hepatomegaly with increased echogenicity. Mild ascites with right sided pleural effusion was also noticed. With this case we want to emphasize that pleural effusion and
ascites can be seen during hepatitis A virus infection and this complication usually resolves spontaneously.

Keywords: Hepatitis A virus infection, pleural effusion

Çocukluk çağında hepatit A infeksiyonuna bağlı gelişen plevral efüzyon ve peritoneal asit birikimi

Barbaros Şahin Karagün1, S. Tolga Yavuz1, Şehri Punar2
1Ağrı Asker Hastanesi, Çocuk Servisi Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Uzmanı, Ağrı
2Ağrı Asker Hastanesi, Radyoloji Uzmanı, Ağrı

Anahtar Kelimeler: Hepatit A virüs infeksiyonu, plevral efüzyon

Barbaros Şahin Karagün, S. Tolga Yavuz, Şehri Punar. An unusual complication of hepatitis A virus infectionn. Medeniyet Med J. 2008; 23(1): 33-36

Corresponding Author: Barbaros Şahin Karagün, Türkiye

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