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Hepatic hydrothorax

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
José M Porcel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Treatment of hepatic hydrothorax is challenging because of its rapid symptomatic recurrence. This review will focus on potential therapeutic approaches to hepatic hydrothorax. RECENT FINDINGS: Hepatic hydrothorax is refractory to salt restriction and diuretics in approximately 25% of cases. Primary management options for these patients include serial thoracenteses, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) placement, and insertion of an indwelling pleural catheter (IPC)...
July 2014: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
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