Thoracoscopic treatment of hepatic hydrothorax without ascites: A case report

Kai Hsi Hsu, Yueh Fon Tsai, Nan Tsing Chiu, Liang Wu Chen, Wu Wei Lai

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We report a rare case of hepatitis C virus-associated liver cirrhosis that developed symptomatic hepatic hydrothorax in the absence of ascites. A diaphragmatic defect was suspected by a Technicium-99m macroaggregated serum albumin peritoneal scan. The patient had been given a course of intensive medical treatments and repeated thoracentesis for respiratory symptom control, but failed. We concluded that videothoracoscopic repair of the diaphragmatic defect and talc pleurodesis combined with consistent postoperative medical treatments would be a quick and effective solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-206
Number of pages4
JournalFormosan Journal of Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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