Malignant pleural effusions: Treatment with small-bore-catheter thoracostomy and talc pleurodesis

Edith M. Marom, Edward F. Patz, Jeremy J. Erasmus, H. Page McAdams, Philip C. Goodman, James E. Herndon

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Abstract

Thirty-two patients with a known primary malignancy and a symptomatic malignant pleural effusion underwent small-bore-catheter thoracostomy and talc pleurodesis. Twenty-three patients (72%) had a complete response; four (12%), a partial response; and five (16%), no response. Symptoms in all those who responded were clinically improved. Complications included fever in 13 patients (41%) and moderate shortness of breath, chest pain, or both in six (19%). Small-bone-catheter thoracostomy and talc pleurodesis was successful in treating malignant pleural effusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-281
Number of pages5
JournalRadiology
Volume210
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Pleura, fluid
  • Pleura, interventional procedure
  • Talc

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