Scintigraphic Diagnosis of Pleuroperitoneal Communication in Cirrhosis Secondary to Polycythemia Vera

H. T. Ameredes, Judith M. Joyce, A. Fecher, R. Landreneau, R. Keenan, T. Jackson

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Hepatic dysfunction is responsible for 1% to 2% of all pleural effusions. Alcoholic cirrhosis is the most common cause. Polycythemia vera is a rare cause of cirrhosis. It is most likely caused by hepatic vein thrombosis but can also result from extramedullary hematopoiesis. A pleural effusion secondary to cirrhosis caused by polycythemia vera has not been reported before. The authors describe a patient with cirrhosis secondary to polycythemia vera who was severely dyspneic secondary to a large right pleural effusion. A Tc-99m sulfur colloid ascites study was requested to determine whether a significant peritoneopleural communication existed that might be treated by surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-333
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • Hepatic Hydrothorax
  • Peritoneopleural Communication
  • Polycythemia Vera
  • Tc-99m Sulfur Colloid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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