RICHARD S. LEFF, M.D.; BURTON EISENBERG, M.D.; CLINTON E. BAISDEN, M.D.; KATHERINE R. MOSLEY, R.N., M.S.N; GERALD L MESSERSCHMIDT, M.D.
Pleural effusions associated with malignancy are a common problem encountered in clinical practice. Generally, 85% of these effusions are controlled by tube thoracostomy drainage and intrapleural instillation of various sclerosing or chemotherapeutic agents (1-3). However, these manipulations fail to control 5% to 15% of malignant pleural effusions and result in repeated chest tube drainage or percutaneous aspirations. The morbidity of infection and pneumothorax associated with these procedures can be high. We report the case of a patient with adenocarcinoma of the lung with associated recurrent pleural effusion unresponsive to instillation of tetracycline. The pleural effusion was easily controlled by placement
LEFF RS, EISENBERG B, BAISDEN CE, MOSLEY KR, MESSERSCHMIDT GL. Drainage of Recurrent Pleural Effusion Via an Implanted Port and Intrapleural Catheter. Ann Intern Med. ;104:208–209. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-2-208
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(2):208-209.
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