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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Pleurodesis (Overview)

Pleurodesis is fusion of lung lining to chest wall lining to prevent recurrence of air (pneumothorax) or fluid (effusion) in chest cavity. Pleurodesis is used to maintain lung expansion, help breathing, and alleviate shortness of breath. Modern thoracic surgeons will use vats (minimally invasive techniques).


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What is pleurodesis done for?

What is pleurodesis done for?

Help breath: Pleurodesis is used to prevent recurrence of air (pneumothorax) or fluid (effusion) in chest cavity. When pneumothorax or effusion occur, they occupy space where lung should be. This prevents the lung from fully expanding. Pleurodesis is used to improve /maintain lung expansion, and maintain breathing. Modern thoracic surgeons will use vats (minimally invasive techniques). ...Read more

Dr. Loki Skylizard
153 Doctors shared insights

Pleurodesis (Overview)

Pleurodesis is fusion of lung lining to chest wall lining to prevent recurrence of air (pneumothorax) or fluid (effusion) in chest cavity. Pleurodesis is used to maintain lung expansion, help breathing, and alleviate shortness of breath. Modern thoracic surgeons will use vats (minimally invasive techniques).


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Please tell me about pleurodesis?

Please tell me about pleurodesis?

Help breath: Pleurodesis is surgery performed to prevent recurrence of air (pneumothorax) or fluid (effusion) in chest cavity. When pneumothorax or effusion occur, they occupy space where lung should be. This prevents the lung from fully expanding. Pleurodesis is used to improve /maintain lung expansion, and maintain breathing. Modern thoracic surgeons will use vats (minimally invasive techniques). ...Read more

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What are the effects of pleurodesis?

What are the effects of pleurodesis?

Resolving a problem: A pleurodesis eliminates the space between the surface of the lung and the inside of the chest wall. This is usually done for fluid accumulation, or a persistent air leak. It can be done with chemicals or by directly irritating the inside chest wall. Overall, it is a very successful technique. ...Read more

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Please tell me about pneumothrax, pleurodesis?

Please tell me about pneumothrax, pleurodesis?

Depends cause: Depending cause of pneumothorax.... Spontaneous pneumothorax first recurrence rates depending on type ranges 20-40+%. These details as well as lifestyle, may encourage recommend investigation and possibly vats pleurodesis to prevent/decrease risk of further recurrence. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pleurodesis?

What is the definition or description of: pleurodesis?

Fusion: Pleurodesis is fusion of lung lining to chest wall lining to prevent recurrence of air (pneumothorax) or fluid (effusion) in chest cavity. Pleurodesis is used to maintain lung expansion, help breathing, and alleviate shortness of breath. Modern thoracic surgeons will use vats (minimally invasive techniques). ...Read more

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Tell me about vats pleurodesis?

Tell me about vats pleurodesis?

Causes lung to stick: The goal of video-assisted thoracic surgery or vats pleurodesis is to create an inflammatory response that causes the lung to stick to the chest wall. This can be done through chemical means such as sterile talcum powder, or through mechanical means. Indications are for persistent air in the pleural space; pneumothorax or persistent fluid. Pleurodesis prevents the lung from collapsing. ...Read more

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Is it common to cough after pleurodesis?

Is it common to cough after pleurodesis?

Yes: The irritation cause by the sclerosing agent, which is responsible for the obliteration of the space between the lung and chest wall, and may be associated with cough. This usually resolves in a few days. ...Read more

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Is pleurodesis for recurrent pleural effussion the best rx?

Is pleurodesis for recurrent pleural effussion the best rx?

Sometimes: It can be effective, for large, recurrent and otherwise unresolvable effusions.
Malignant with talc.
Some others with other agents or mechanical with vats surgical. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time and success rate of mechanical pleurodesis surgery?

What is the recovery time and success rate of mechanical pleurodesis surgery?

95+%: Probably 2-3 mo. Till you can fly commercial or go >8000 ft. In the mountains
Every Surgeon has his opinion so ask yours ...Read more

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Sir, he was admitted in the hosfor a month, he was discharged last week, after pleurodesis, approx 150ml of fluid is still coming out in the pouch?

Sir, he was admitted in the hosfor a month, he was discharged last week, after pleurodesis, approx 150ml of fluid is still coming out in the pouch?

Unclear: If pleuradesis was performed, success will be dependent on full expansion of lung with apposition of lung to chest wall. Pleuradesis does not usually have a drainage "pouch". We can not be sure, but you may be describing a pluerex catheter drainage type system. ...Read more

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Does a talc pleurodesis iinhibit breathing?

Just the: Reverse. It's used to prevent pleural fluid from recurring in a malignant pleural effusion. ...Read more

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Can any body tel me where do I get treatment for pleurodesis?

Can any body tel me where do I get treatment for pleurodesis?

Thoracic surgeon: Patients that may potentially benefit from pleuradesis should be referred to a trained thoracic surgeon skilled in minimally invasive thoracic surgery techniques. Most pleuradesis should be done minimally invasively (vats). ...Read more

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Pneumothorax and pleurodesis - how often is pleurodesis needed?

Pneumothorax and pleurodesis - how often is pleurodesis needed?

Depends: Depends on your individual pathology. Pleurodesis is considered if you have recurrent disease. As thoracoscopy gains popularity and is a minimally invasive targeted treatment, some surgeons prefer early thoracoscopy. Pleurodesis may not work for some pneumothorax and staple excision is needed for some pathology. ...Read more

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Where would circulation of fluids go after pleurodesis surgery?

Where would circulation of fluids go after pleurodesis surgery?

Stay in circulation: Fluid in chest cavity in the form of effusion is abnormal. By eliminating the ability/ease of the fluid to abnormally accumulate in the thoracic space, pleuradesis keeps the fluid in normal circulation. In some situations, after pleuradesis of one side, the fluid will accumulate in the opposite side of the chest. This will necessitate pleuradesis on the otherside too. ...Read more

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Sir, he is not able to eat anything, and is getting weak day by day after pleurodesis on 15th feb 2013, what should we do?

Sir, he is not able to eat anything, and is getting weak day by day after pleurodesis on 15th feb 2013, what should we do?

Unclear: Pleuradesis is often done for malignant effusions. This is predominately a palliative treatment. The lack of appetite, weakness, and/or weight loss would not be treated or result from pleuradesis. If this was a palliative treatment for cancer, the symptoms described are unfortunately attributable to cancer. I encourage you/he/family to speak with his medical team. ...Read more

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Had a bi-lateral pneumothorax 15 years ago at 31.Had the pleurodesis op done. Been on 3 hours flights before. Is there a danger on long haul flights?

Had a bi-lateral pneumothorax 15 years ago at 31.Had the pleurodesis op done. Been on 3 hours flights before. Is there a danger on long haul flights?

You should be ok: Spontaneous pneumothorax occurs when a congenital bleb ruptures, leaking air into the space (pleural cavity) between the lung and rib cage. Pleurodesis is a procedure in which the pleural space is artificially obliterated by inducing adhesion formation between the lung lining and the rib cage lining. There is no evidence that air travel precipitates recurrence of a pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Is it safe to smoke after vats pleurodesis?

Is it safe to smoke after vats pleurodesis?

No. Just...no.: Why would you even consider that it would be safe? Of course not. Not for healing. Not for whatever underlying lung condition you have. No, no, no! ...Read more

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Can spontaneous pneumothorax occur after pleurodesis?

Can spontaneous pneumothorax occur after pleurodesis?

Unfortunately yes: There are different techniques to treat spontaneous pneumothorax (sp). On average, a vats pleuradesis that uses talc application has over 90-95% success rate in primary sp. This means, even after aggressive surgical and chemical pleuradesis, there may be up to 10% of individuals that suffer recurrence. ...Read more

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Can spontaneous pneumothorax occur after a pleurodesis?

Can spontaneous pneumothorax occur after a pleurodesis?

YES: The most effective means of pleuradesis occurs when medical grade talc is surgically applied. The success rate is estimated between 90-95%. Thus, individuals can see up to 15% recurrence. The other issue is that, patients may be at risk for pneumothorax in the opposite side. It is important to have thorough evaluation and discussion with a thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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After surgical pleurodesis can a pneumothorax still happen?

After surgical pleurodesis can a pneumothorax still happen?

Yes: Not all pleurodesis are the same. Depends on the agents used, the method of application, and the nature of your pathology, the success rate varies greatly. ...Read more

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Does a talc pleurodesis decrease my breathing in any way?

Does a talc pleurodesis decrease my breathing in any way?

Just the: Reverse. It's used to prevent pleural fluid from recurring in a malignant pleural effusion. ...Read more

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How long should I wait before driving from sea level to 8000+ft after a pneumothorax? I have had vats pleurodesis before but had small recurrent pnemo

Depends: On the remaining size and number of blebs or bullae. If on the cat scan of the thorax none are left and a good abrassive and light talc pleurodesis was done the chances of a recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax is less than 1%. ...Read more

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I want to get a tattoo on my rib cage on the side but having had bilateral pleurodesis is this possible or is it risky?

Different risks: In general there is no contra-indication to chest tattoo in someone that has undergone pleurodesis. You should discuss your individual medical health details/specifics and risks with your family physician. Tattoos have their own specific risks. ...Read more

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My 17 year old son developed sudden pneumothorax which resulted in two operations blebectomy and pleurodesis he is in lot of pain is this normal?

My 17 year old son developed sudden pneumothorax which resulted in two operations blebectomy and pleurodesis he is in lot of pain is this normal?

Not unusual: There are pain fibers in the lining of the lung called the pleura. The surgeries and pleurodesis can be associated with pain, which should resolve with time. ...Read more

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I had 2 spontaneous pneumothoraces 4 years ago and had a pleurodesis with doxycycline. Is it okay to fly to Hawaii?

I had 2 spontaneous pneumothoraces 4 years ago and had a pleurodesis with doxycycline. Is it okay to fly to Hawaii?

Interesting: Assuming you don't have BHD syndrome, and that you didn't have multiple blebs on any of your exams, it's probably quite safe...most planes are pressurized to 8000 feet or less. If you had lots of blebs detected on your studies, those might still cause a problem if the plane lost pressure suddenly, but otherwise 8000 shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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Since my pleurodesis 8 yrs ago I still get chest pain occasionally when I inhale. Are my lungs partially collapsing? Will it likely get worse?

Since my pleurodesis 8 yrs ago I still get chest pain occasionally when I inhale. Are my lungs partially collapsing? Will it likely get worse?

Pleurisy: Chest pain while taking a deep breath can be due to pleurisy, which is inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity. If you have previously had pleurodesis, the pain you are feeling may be from localized scarring of the pleura and is likely not a concern. However, if you had pleurodesis to treat a collapsed lung or pneumothorax then you should see your doctor to get a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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I had vats talc pleurodesis for pneumothorax 7 years ago. Now, chronic breathing discomfort/feeling of movement in chest (fluid/air).What could it be?

I had vats talc pleurodesis for pneumothorax 7 years ago. Now, chronic breathing discomfort/feeling of movement in chest (fluid/air).What could it be?

Need X-ray: May be nothing

, but localized recurrent pneumo can occur and opposite side can as well.
Hopefully you stopped smoking! ...Read more

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I had a vats blebectomy and pleurodesis surgery. Would it be possible to smoke marijuana on occasion through a vape?

I had a vats blebectomy and pleurodesis surgery. Would it be possible to smoke marijuana on occasion through a vape?

Not good to smoke: It's never "good" to smoke anything. I would think after having extensive lung surgery like you had, it would be best to never smoke anything and risk any damage to the lungs. ...Read more

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I was told that pleurodesis makes lung transplant very difficult for cf patients. Is that true?

I was told that pleurodesis makes lung transplant very difficult for cf patients. Is that true?

Operations difficult: Several more recent studies comparing CF patients with pleurodesis and no pleurodesis did not seem to show significant difference in outcome. It was originally though that greater adhesions or fibrosis from pleurodesis would cause excessive bleeding. All patients with CF have some degree of pleural adhesions. Operations can be difficult either way. ...Read more