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Thoracic surgery clinics

Surgical management of malignant pleural effusions.


PMID 23206716

Abstract

The two reasonable options for surgical management of malignant pleural effusions are tunneled pleural catheters and video-assisted thoracic surgery with talc pleurodesis. Successful palliation demands balancing the patient's wishes, performance status, and prognosis with the ability to obtain full lung expansion and control fluid production. There is no ideal procedure; surgical treatment must be individualized.

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