Tension hydrothorax due to ventriculopleural shunting

Christopher Beach*, David E. Manthey

*Corresponding author for this work

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Tension hydrothorax is rare, with few cases reported in the literature dating back to the late 1960s. We report a case of tension hydrothorax in a patient with a ventriculopleural shunt who improved dramatically after thoracentesis. The discussion includes a brief review of ventriculopleural shunts and pleural physiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-36
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998


  • Pleural effusion
  • Tension hydrothorax
  • Ventriculopleural shunt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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