An unusual cause of urinothorax.

Oguzulgen İ. K. , Oguzulgen A., Sinik Z., Kokturk O. , Ekim N., Karaoglan U.

Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases, vol.69, no.3, pp.273-4, 2002 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 69 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000063633
  • Title of Journal : Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases
  • Page Numbers: pp.273-4
  • Keywords: extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, urinothorax, SHOCK-WAVE LITHOTRIPSY, EXTRACORPOREAL, EFFUSIONS


Urinothorax is a rare complication of blunt renal trauma, ureteral instrumentation or ureteral surgery. A leakage from the urinary tract causes urinoma, a retroperitoneal collection of fluid, which can lead to urinothorax. We report a patient with solitary kidney who underwent extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) for nephrolithiasis. Four days after ESWL, she had right-sided pleural effusion which demonstrated as urinothorax. Urinoma occurring after ESWL, as in our case, is a situation that has not been reported before as a cause of urinothorax. Urinothorax should be taken into consideration in patients with pleural effusion who recently underwent ESWL. Copyright (C) 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel.