Why is right sided pleural effusion is more common in ascites(also conditions giving rise to ascites)?

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Pleural effusion associated with ascites is more common on right side because the right hemidiaphragm is more likely to have embryologic development defects.

It is hypothesized that the ascites related pleural effusion arises from the passive movement of fluid from peritoneal to pleural space through defects or pores in the diaphragm. Right hemidiaphragm is likely to have embryological defects.

answered Jul 8, 2017 by admin Doctor of Medicine (10,059 points)