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Surg Today. 1999;29(8):795-8.

A successful surgical repair of the hepatic hydrothorax using pneumoperitoneum: report of a case.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Aichi-ken Kousei-ren Kainan Hospital, Ama-gun, Aichi, Japan.


A successful surgical repair of a right hepatic hydrothorax in the absence of ascites is reported. A technetium-99m scintigram that was injected intraperitoneally provided evidence of a one-way flow of fluid from the peritoneal to pleural cavity. To identify any possible minute defects in the diaphragm, carbon dioxide was insufflated into the peritoneal cavity during the operation. We performed a direct suture of the defect observed on the diaphragm. The pleural effusion subsequently vanished after the operation.

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