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What is pleurodesis?

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Pleurodesis is a procedure performed for people with recurring pleural effusions (fluid around the lungs). In pleurodesis, a doctor makes an incision in the chest wall. A plastic tube is inserted into the chest cavity, and an irritating chemical is sprayed around the lung. Over time, the inflamed lung lining (pleura) adheres tightly to the chest wall. This prevents fluid from reaccumulating around the lung.

SOURCES:

Mason, R. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th edition, Saunders, 2010.

Kennedy. M.P. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 2008; vol 29: pp 453-464.

Yoneda, K.Y. Clinical Lung Cancer, 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547.

Haas, A.R. Chest, 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041.

Folch, E. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Mason, R. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th edition, Saunders, 2010.

Kennedy. M.P. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 2008; vol 29: pp 453-464.

Yoneda, K.Y. Clinical Lung Cancer, 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547.

Haas, A.R. Chest, 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041.

Folch, E. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

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