Complete Hydrothorax After Revision Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery: A Case Report

Cureus. 2022 Mar 28;14(3):e23590. doi: 10.7759/cureus.23590. eCollection 2022 Mar.


Shoulder arthroscopy has become very popular in recent years. While generally quite safe, it is subject to its own complications when compared to open surgery. Due to the high volume of fluid, postoperative pleural effusions are a known complication. Presented here is an extreme case of this with complete hydrothorax on the operative side requiring chest tube placement and admission.

Keywords: hydrothorax; interscalene block; pleural effusion; postoperative complication; shoulder arthroscopy.

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  • Case Reports