Pleural disease

December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004 Supplement, Vol. 59, p39
Academic Journal
The article presents abstracts of papers on the clinical aspects of pleural disease. One of the studies report that malignant pleural effusion is a frequent complication of metastatic disease. Management of effusion often involves drainage followed by medical pleurodesis. Talc, tetracycline, and bleomycin have all been shown to be effective sclerosants, yet despite their widespread use, there have been no randomized clinical trials to date which directly compare the efficacy of these agents in the medical management of malignant pleural effusions. Another study discusses the role of blind percutaneous pleural biopsy in the investigation of exudative pleural effusions.


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