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World J Hepatol. May 8, 2017; 9(13): 642-644
Published online May 8, 2017. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v9.i13.642
Bi-directional hepatic hydrothorax
Madhan Nellaiyappan, Anastasios Kapetanos
Madhan Nellaiyappan, Anastasios Kapetanos, Department of Medicine, Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, United States
Author contributions: Nellaiyappan M gathered data and drafted the article; Kapetanos A critically reviewed and revised the article.
Conflict-of-interest statement: None.
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Correspondence to: Madhan Nellaiyappan, Resident, Department of Medicine, Allegheny Health Network, 7th Floor South Tower, 320 East North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, United States. drnmadhan@gmail.com
Telephone: +1-412-3302400
Received: November 9, 2016
Peer-review started: November 10, 2016
First decision: December 20, 2016
Revised: March 27, 2017
Accepted: April 18, 2017
Article in press: April 20, 2017
Published online: May 8, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: Hepatic hydrothorax is usually a clinical diagnosis in patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension who present with a transudative pleural effusion. The authors herein report an interesting case of radiological confirmation of hepatic hydrothorax through a series of chest radiographs that depict the movement of ascitic fluid between the pleural and peritoneal cavities due to a iatrogenic pneumothorax.