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Does a talc pleurodesis iinhibit breathing?

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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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Pleurodesis (Definition)

The lining of the lung and chest wall is called the pleura. Normally the lung pleura stays in contact with the chest pleura. Sometimes they can become separated with either air or fluid. One option in treatment is to cause an inflammatory reaction so that the lung and chest wall pleura stick together. This essentially gets rid of the space so that the lung sticks ...Read more


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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

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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?

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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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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