Pleurovenous shunt for treating refractory benign pleural effusion

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We report the case of a 63-year-old female with hepatic cirrhosis due to chronic hepatitis C, successfully treated for refractory nonmalignant hepatic hydrothorax by using a long-term pleurovenous shunt (PVS). After failure of conventional treatment by mechanical pleurodesis, a PVS was inserted to drain the pleural fluid into the right subclavian vein. After 8 months of follow-up, the effusion is well controlled, and the shunt remains patent. © 2008 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

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Bayram, A. S., Köprücüoǧlu, M., Aygün, M., & Gebitekin, C. (2008). Pleurovenous shunt for treating refractory benign pleural effusion. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 33(5), 942–943.

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