Improvements in the 6-min walk test and spirometry following thoracentesis for symptomatic pleural effusions.


BACKGROUND Impairment in pulmonary capacity due to pleural effusion compromises daily activity. Removal of fluid improves symptoms, but the impact, especially on exercise capacity, has not been determined. METHODS Twenty-five patients with unilateral pleural effusion documented by chest radiograph were included. The 6-min walk test, Borg modified dyspnea… (More)
DOI: 10.1378/chest.10-1679