Intrapleural Fibrinolytics for Pleural Infection: Partial Answers in the Discussion of Surgical vs Nonsurgical Treatment

Deschamps, Claude
April 2007
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Apr2007, Vol. 82 Issue 4, p405
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the study "Intrapleural fibrinolytics combined with image-guided chest tube drainage for pleural infection," by G. M. Levinson and D. W. Pennington. He argues that critical information of their proposed treatment option for pleural infection is missing despite their claims of the method's efficacy. He acknowledges that study's conclusion that intrapleural urokinase and tissue-type plasminogen activator are effective in resolving the effusion and curing the infection.


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