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Indwelling pleural catheters for non-malignant effusions: a multicentre review of practice

Monday, December 16, 2013

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R Bhatnagar, ED Reid, JP Corcoran, JD Bagenal, S Pope, AO Clive, N Zahan-Evans, PO Froeschle, D West, NM Rahman, S Chatterji, PR Sivasothy, NA Maskell

This multcenter UK review identified 57 patients who underwent indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) insertion for benign causes, primarily hepatic hydrothorax and non-infectious pleuritis.  Infection occurred in 3.5% and successful pleurodesis was achieved in 33% at a median of 71 days.  Hepatic hydrothorax was associated with a much lower rate of pleurodesis.

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