Bedside pleuroscopy in the management of undiagnosed exudative pleural effusion with acute respiratory failure.

@article{Hean2013BedsidePI,
  title={Bedside pleuroscopy in the management of undiagnosed exudative pleural effusion with acute respiratory failure.},
  author={O Hean and C Shang-Miao and L Chien-Ming and C Ku-Liang and W Jeng-Yuan and H Nan-Yung and H Bor-Tsung},
  journal={Anaesthesia and intensive care},
  year={2013},
  volume={41 4},
  pages={
          473-5
        }
}
Pleuroscopy is indicated in patients with acute respiratory failure due to an unresolved exudative pleural effusion but it may not be possible to move such patients to the operating theatre or endoscopy room for pleuroscopy due to their critical condition. We report our experience of using flexible bronchoscopy for pleuroscopy to diagnose pleural effusion in patients with acute respiratory failure at the bedside in the intensive care unit. Before pleuroscopy, patients were placed in the lateral… CONTINUE READING