Management of the patient with a malignant pleural effusion.

  • John E. Heffner
  • Published 2010 in
    Seminars in respiratory and critical care…


A malignant pleural effusion (MPE) establishes an incurable stage of a malignancy. Median survival after detection of an MPE is 4 to 6 months in general populations of patients with cancer. Management of MPE centers on palliation of symptoms because no available treatments prolong survival. Mismanagement of MPE, however, can shorten survival and add to… (More)
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1269831


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