Published online May 8, 2017. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v9.i13.642
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: 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.