Pleurodesis

Pleurodesis is a procedure done to prevent recurrent pleural effusion or pneumothorax or to treat a persistent pneumothorax. A mild irritant drug is put into the space between the lungs and the chest wall to stick the lung to the wall of the chest to prevent further collection of fluid or air in the space.

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Do all pleural effusions need pleurodesis?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is a 52 years old female. 25 days ago, core biopsy of retroperitoneal lymph node non-Hodgkin's mature B cell lymphoma diffusely positive for CD10, CD20, BCL6 and BCL12. Bone marrow biopsy showed erythroid hyperplasia with focal micronormoblastic maturation. She is suffering wi...  Read Full »


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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you very much for being specific in what you want to ask. For lymphoma associated effusion, we do not suggest pleurodesis (procedure to remove excess fluid in pleural space) as most of the patient responds to chemotherapy. One cycle is a short time to know if the...  Read Full »

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