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Radiographic Representations Of Hydrothorax And Its Effects On The Lungs Seen In The X-Ray
Hydrothorax is the name implies "hydro" meaning water is the accumulation of water in the pleural cavity. The main or commonest etiology to this surgical situation is in terminal stages of liver cirrohis. In Liver cirrhosis, ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity) occurs and this fluid keeps on accumulating until water 'leaks' into the pleural cavity in the thoracic region. When this happens, hydrothorax results. It is an emergency situation which needs surgery. This hub is meant to show diagrammatic representation of hydrothorax as seen through a chest x-ray.
Hydrothorax On X-Ray
1. All X-ray photos here are from DFM E-Group, in the photo and X-ray section.
2. Notes and explanations: Wikipedia, Essentials of Clinical Medicine by Kumar and Clark's, Medicinenet and Mayor's Clinic.
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