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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2018, Article ID 3180575, 3 pages
Case Report

Pleural Effusion or Main Left Bronchus Mucus Obstruction: To Drain or Not to Drain? Decision-Making for Young Surgeon on Call

1Madre Teresa of Calcutta Hospital, Schiavonia, Padova, Italy
2Carlo Urbani Hospital, Jesi, Ancona, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Danilo Coco; moc.nsm@noitcurtsocbew

Received 8 October 2017; Accepted 31 December 2017; Published 28 January 2018

Academic Editor: Atsushi Komemushi

Copyright © 2018 Danilo Coco and Silvana Leanza. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Mucous plugs occur in a number of pulmonary conditions. Central right or left bronchus mucus plug causes complete pulmonary collapse making it an emergency life-threatening case. We describe the case of an 80-year-old man that, in postoperative period after a urological intervention, has had a progressive tachypnea and dyspnea during hospitalization for urological problems. Young surgeon on call was called.