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Hepatic hydrothorax in the absence of ascites: respiratory failure in a cirrhotic patient.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15562075     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The frequency of hepatic hydrothorax in cirrhotic patients is reported to be approximately 5%. The pleural effusion is predominantly right-sided (85% of cases) but may be bilateral. Although most often accompanied by significant ascites, it can occur in its absence. We report a case of a right-sided acute hepatic hydrothorax as a result of residual motor blockade during anesthesia recovery and without previous evidence of clinical ascites. This complication should be considered by the anesthesiologist in every cirrhotic patient, with or without clinical evidence of ascites.
Jordi Serrat; Julio J Roza; Teresa Planella
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anesthesia and analgesia     Volume:  99     ISSN:  0003-2999     ISO Abbreviation:  Anesth. Analg.     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-24     Completed Date:  2004-12-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1310650     Medline TA:  Anesth Analg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1803-4, table of contents     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Servei d'Anestesiologia i Reanimació, Hospital General de Vic, C/ Francesc Pla s/n, 08500 Vic, Barcelona, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Ascites / pathology
Hernia / surgery
Hydrothorax / complications*,  pathology
Liver Cirrhosis / complications*,  pathology
Middle Aged
Pleural Effusion / physiopathology
Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology*,  pathology

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