A Case of Hepatic Hydrothorax Due to a Large Diaphragmatic Defect


Department of Radiology Repatriation General Hospital Banksia Street, Heidelberg West Victoria 3081 Australia


Hepatic hydrothorax is an infrequent complication of cirrhosis. The source of pleural fluid has been the subject of considerable speculation. A case of hepatic hydrothorax is discussed which illustrates a large diaphragmatic defect as the cause of ascitic fluid passing into the pleural cavity.