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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6

Complications of Denver Shunt

1 Department of Radiology, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka
2 Department of Imaging Sciences, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY 14642, USA

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Eranga Perera
Department of Radiology, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo 10
Sri Lanka
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DOI: 10.4103/2156-7514.75247

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Hepatic hydrothorax secondary to transdiaphragmatic spread of peritoneal fluid can cause respiratory discomfort to the patient. Draining of hydrothorax helps relieve these symptoms. Pleurovenous shunt (Denver shunt) is a relatively non-invasive method of shunting the pleural fluid to the central venous system. Reported complications of pleurovenous shunts are shunt failure, pulmonary edema, post shunt coagulopathy, deep vein thrombosis, and infection. We report a rare case of a leak at the venous end of the catheter that was placed within the right internal jugular vein, resulting in a large collection in the neck.

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