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Clin Nucl Med. 1998 Jan;23(1):16-8.

The use of the diagnostic radionuclide ascites scan to facilitate treatment decisions for hepatic hydrothorax.

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  • 1Grady Memorial Hospital, Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


A 44-year-old man had an intractable right-sided pleural effusion due to cirrhosis, despite the absence of abdominal ascites. Instillation of Tc-99m macroaggregated serum albumin under CT guidance into the peritoneal space demonstrated transdiaphragmatic communication. This finding indicated the necessity for decompressing the portal system to treat the hydrothorax. The diagnostic radionuclide ascites scan may play an important role in the treatment approach to such patients.

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