Transudative chylothorax from cirrhosis complicated by lung entrapment

Samuel C. Owen*, Danielle R. Bersabe, Andrew J. Skabelund, Edward T. McCann, Michael J. Morris

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A patient with long-standing cirrhosis due to hepatitis C and hepatic hydrothorax was evaluated for increasing symptoms and presence of a large right pleural effusion. Thoracentesis revealed evidence of a chylothorax with rapid reaccumulation of pleural fluid. Repeat thoracentesis with manometry identified presence of entrapped lung which complicated treatment options. This is the first case report of a hepatic chylothorax with features of entrapped lung.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100243
JournalRespiratory Medicine Case Reports
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Chylothorax
  • Cirrhosis
  • Entrapped lung
  • Hepatic hydrothorax


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