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BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Apr 23;2014. pii: bcr2013202573. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-202573.

Platypnoea orthodeoxia after hepatic surgery.

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Department of Cardiology, The Northern Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

Platypnoea orthodeoxia is a rare clinical syndrome characterised by dyspnoea and deoxygenation exhibited in upright position with improvement in supine posture. Previously described aetiologies include cardiac (pericardial effusion or constrictive pericarditis), pulmonary (pneumonectomy, emphysema or amiodarone toxicity), abdominal (cirrhosis or ileus) or vascular (abdominal aortic aneurysm) causes. We report an unusual case of platypnoea orthodeoxia associated with patent foramen ovale and partial hepatic resection.

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24759362
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PMC4009827
DOI:
10.1136/bcr-2013-202573
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