Multidisciplinary management of malignant pleural effusion.

  title={Multidisciplinary management of malignant pleural effusion.},
  author={Jussuf Thomas Kaifi and Jennifer W. Toth and Niraj J. Gusani and Eric T. Kimchi and Kevin Finnbar Staveley-O'Carroll and Chandra Prakash Belani and Michael F. Reed},
  journal={Journal of surgical oncology},
  volume={105 7},
Approximately 50% of patients with metastatic disease develop a malignant pleural effusion (MPE). Prompt clinical evaluation and treatment to achieve successful palliation are the main goals of management of MPE. Optimal treatment is still controversial and there is no universal standard approach. Management options include observation, thoracentesis, indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) or chest tube placement, pleurodesis, and surgical pleurectomy. The treatment for each patient should be based… CONTINUE READING

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