Management of pleural effusion of cirrhotic origin.

STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine the indications and limitations of surgical videothoracoscopy for management of pleural effusion, an infrequent and often recurring complication of cirrhotic ascites whose pathogenesis involves direct passage of ascitic fluid into the pleural space through minute defects in the diaphragm. DESIGN/SETTING/PATIENTS/INTERVENTIONS… CONTINUE READING