OBJECTIVE: Present study was designed to find out the frequency of hepatic hydrothorax
among the patients with liver cirrhosis in a tertiary care hospital.
METHODS: This prospective observational study was carried out at the Hepatology Section of
Department of Medicine, Isra University Hospital, Hyderabad, from December 2005 to May 2006.
All the consecutive patients suffering from cirrhosis of liver were included and studied for the
presence of hepatic hydrothorax. Results were summed up and test parameters were compared
RESULTS: The total number of patients was 128, and the mean age of these patients was 48.6
years. Frequency of hepatic hydrothorax in all patients with cirrhosis was 5.5% (7/128). It was
seen that highest frequency of hepatic hydrothorax was found in Hepatitis C cirrhotic patients
(4/7). The second most common occurrence was found in hepatitis B cirrhotic patients (2/7). In
other types (non “B”, non “C”) it was 1/7.
CONCLUSION: The frequency of hepatic hydrothorax at our center is similar as reported in the
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