Background: The association of a benign ovarian tumor with ascites and hydrothorax that resolve after tumor resection, known as Meigs syndrome is a rare clinical entity. Rarer still is the haemorrhagic form of the syndrome. Objective: To describe a case of benign ovarian tumour associated with ascites and bloody pleural effusion. Methods: A thirty-seven year old woman was referred for the further management of a pleural effusion. A detailed clinical evaluation was carried out, including pleural fluid cytology, chest CT scan and laparatomy. Treatment included antituberculous therapy and finally ovariectomy. Results: The physical examination and a pelvic ultrasonographic scan revealed ascites in addition to a right sided ovarian mass. A chest CT-scan did not show any intrathoracic mass. Repeated pleural fluid cytology showed mesothelial cells but was negative for malignancy. An ovariectomy was performed and histological examination revealed a thecoma fibroma. The pleural effusion and ascites resolved spontaneously thus confirming the diagnosis of Meigs' syndrome. Conclusion: Meigs' syndrome should be considered in the differential diagnosis in female patients with hemorrhagic pleural effusion.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||West African Journal of Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2007|
- Meigs' syndrome
- Pleural effusion, haemorrhagic
- Thecoma fibroma
- Tuberculosis, misdiagnosis