Stephanie Guo

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Pulmonary Complications of Liver Disease

What every physician needs to know: Several pulmonary conditions occur in association with underlying liver disease. Ascites elevates the diaphragms and causes basilar atelectasis, which contributes to dyspnea and mild hypoxia. Some patients with ascites have diaphragmatic defects that allow ascites fluid to flow into the chest, causing a pleural effusion termed a hydrothorax. (These…

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