Thoracocentesis helps diagnose diaphragmatic defects in peritoneal dialysis patients

Luis Ortiz, Dawn Hazley, M. G. Seikaly

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Hydrothorax is an infrequent complication of peritoneal dialysis. Hydrothorax is often secondary to diaphragmatic defects. Available diagnostic tools are usually insensitive and false-negative results are common. We describe a modification to the standard isotopic peritoneogram that proved effective when other tests yielded false-negative results. We conclude that thoracocentesis prior to the standard isotopic peritoneogram facilitates the diagnosis of diaphragmatic defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-106
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Nephrology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 19 2001



  • Hydrothorax
  • Isotopic peritoneogram
  • Peritoneal dialysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Nephrology

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