Weber-christian disease developing into mediastinitis and pleuritis with massive pleural effusion

Shoji Hirasaki, Kazutoshi Murakami, Tatsuya Kanamori, Takaaki Mizushima, Yoshihisa Hanayama, Norio Koide

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A 53-year-old man visited our hospital complaining of high fever. Chest computed tomography showed left pleural effusion and mediastinitis. He developed painful red subcutaneous nodules in his bilateral lower extremities. Thoracoscopy-assisted exploratory excision showed visceral pleura thickening; panniculitis in the periaortic area was histologically proven. The patient was treated with corticosteroid therapy which immediately reduced the fever. Subsequent imaging examinations after corticosteroid therapy showed improvement of mediastinitis and pleural effusion. This case reminds us that Weber-Christian disease (WCD) should be included in the differential diagnosis of mediastinitis although WCD is rarely associated with thoracic involvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)943-947
Number of pages5
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Exploratory excision
  • Panniculitis
  • Periaortitis
  • Pleurisy
  • Thoracoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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