Ascites after pleuroperitoneal shunting

Cancer. 1990 Aug 15;66(4):675-6. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(19900815)66:4<675::aid-cncr2820660413>;2-3.


If conventional therapy fails in patients with intractable malignant pleural effusion, the pleuroperitoneal shunt is a valuable alternative. In a 59-year-old man with disabling malignant pleural effusion, massive ascites developed shortly after insertion of a pleuroperitoneal shunt. This shunt was replaced by a pleurovenous shunt. The ascites disappeared, and pleural effusion did not recur. The patient died 6 months later.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Ascites / etiology*
  • Drainage / adverse effects
  • Drainage / methods*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / secondary
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms, Unknown Primary
  • Peritoneal Cavity
  • Pleural Effusion / surgery*
  • Reoperation