EDGAR M. MCPEAK, M.D., F.A.C.P.; SAMUEL A. LEVINE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Although there has been a strong clinical impression that right hydrothorax is more common than left hydrothorax when gross congestive heart failure occurs, recently this point of view has been questioned. In a survey by Bedford and Lovibond,1 these authors were led to the conclusion that although right hydrothorax was more common in cases showing mitral stenosis, combined right and left heart failure and auricular fibrillation, the occurrence of left hydrothorax was favored by hypertension, left heart failure and normal rhythm. Owing to the strong impression we have had that right hydrothorax was much more common in congestive heart failure,
MCPEAK EM, LEVINE SA. THE PREPONDERANCE OF RIGHT HYDROTHORAX IN CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE1. Ann Intern Med. ;25:916–927. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-25-6-916
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1946;25(6):916-927.
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