Causes Of Pleural Effusion In Children

Illustration of Causes Of Pleural Effusion In Children
Illustration: Causes Of Pleural Effusion In Children

Good afternoon … I want to ask, right now my child is being treated in a private hospital in Semarang with a diagnosis of dengue fever, 3 times in the lab, platelet results always go down at this time, 52 rb … there is a 45% efusie and what I’m asking here is where is the pleural effusie ?? Thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Ari,

Thank you for the question.

Dengue virus that is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites can cause different phases of the disease, ranging from dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), to dengue shock syndrome (SSD). Pleural effusion often occurs in the spectrum of more severe diseases, namely DHF and SSD. Then the question is, how can pleural effusion occur in patients with DHF and SSD?

Pleural effusion occurs when there is fluid that has accumulated in the cavity between the membranes that limit the chest cavity with the lungs. In patients with DHF and SSD, pleural effusion is strongly suspected to occur due to serositis (inflammation of the serous layer). Not only pleural effusion, serositis can also have an impact on peritoneal effusion and pericardial effusion. This pleural effusion can be exudate or transudate. Frequently, pleural effusion in patients with DHF or SSD is mild, and can improve itself after the disease itself is cured.

Regarding your child's condition, normal platelet levels are between 150,000 and 450,000 cells per microliter of blood. Therefore, if platelet levels in the body are still very low, the doctor will continue to give him treatment, such as with fluid therapy, administration of drugs, and so on. The target is that not only does the platelet level increase, but the vital signs improve, the clinical symptoms subside, and the results of other investigations (including pleural effusion and laboratory examination indicators) also improve.

Discuss directly with the doctor or pediatrician who treats your child related to the best treatment of his condition huh ..

I hope this helps.

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