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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.

From: Interventional Pulmonology WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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