Non-Malignant Pleural Effusion

Indwelling Tunneled Pleural Catheters for Refractory Hepatic Hydrothorax in Patients With Cirrhosis: A Multicenter Study

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30171863

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Reference: Shojaee S, Rahman N, Haas K, et al. Indwelling Tunneled Pleural Catheters for Refractory Hepatic Hydrothorax in Patients with Cirrhosis: A Multicenter Study. Chest. 2019;155(3):546-553.

Summary: This study evaluates the safety and feasibility of IPC use in patients with liver cirrhosis and refractory hepatic hydrothorax. This study reports information regarding catheter-related complications and overall survival rates. IPCs may be an option for the treatment of symptomatic, refractory hepatic hydrothorax, but as with any patient, a thorough discussion regarding potential complications should take place.


 Management of Benign Pleural Effusions Using Indwelling Pleural Catheters: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27845052

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Reference: Patil M, Dhillon SS, Attwood K, Saoud M, Alraiyes AH, Harris K. Management of Benign Pleural Effusions Using Indwelling Pleural Catheters: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Chest. 2017;151(3):626-635.

Summary: This article reviews and summarizes published literature regarding the safety and efficacy of IPC use in the management of recurrent, symptomatic NMPE. Whereas the quality of evidence available for this analysis was low, the use of IPCs for the management of symptomatic recurrent NMPE seems to be a potential option in some patient populations.


 The management of benign non-infective pleural effusions

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27581830

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Reference: Bintcliffe OJ, Lee GY, Rahman NM, Maskell NA. The management of benign non-infective pleural effusions. Eur Respir Rev. 2016;25(141):303-16.

Summary: Non-malignant pleural effusions, especially when recurrent, can contribute to significant symptoms for patients. The optimal management of recurrent, symptomatic NMPE is not as researched as the management of MPEs. This paper reviews the etiologies of NMPE as well as management options with supportive literature.


 The use of a PleurX catheter in the management of recurrent benign pleural effusion: a concise review

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22898594/

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Reference: Harris K and Chalhoub M. The Use of a PleurX Catheter in the Management of Recurrent Benign Pleural Effusion: A Concise Review. Heart, Lung and Circulation 2012; 21(11):661–665.

Summary: This study reviewed the literature regarding the use of a PleurX catheter in the management of non-malignant pleural effusions (NMPE). The literature suggests an IPC may be a useful tool for relieving respiratory symptoms related to NMPEs that are refractory to optimal medical management.