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Br J Anaesth. 2001 Sep;87(3):507-9.

Hydrothorax: an unexpected complication after laparoscopic myomectomy.

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesiology and Reanimatology, Gunma University School of Medicine, 3-39-22 Shouwamachi, Maebashi, Gunma 371-8511, Japan.


We report a case of hydrothorax as a complication of laparoscopic myomectomy in an otherwise healthy woman. The most likely cause of the patient's hydrothorax was irrigation fluid moving from the peritoneal cavity into the pleural space via defects in the diaphragm. Anaesthesists and surgeons should consider hydrothorax as a potential complication in any patient undergoing laparoscopy.

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