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

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

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-bore-catheter thoracostomy and talc pleurodesis was successful in treating malignant pleural effusions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Marom, EM; Patz, EF; Erasmus, JJ; McAdams, HP; Goodman, PC; Herndon, JE

Published Date

  • January 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 210 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 277 - 281

PubMed ID

  • 9885620

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-8419

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1148/radiology.210.1.r99dc04277


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States