Pleural effusion from malignancy.

  title={Pleural effusion from malignancy.},
  author={A. H. Leff and P. Hopewell and Judy Costello},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  volume={88 4},
Pleural effusion from metastatic malignancy can cause major impairment of respiratory function and eventual death. Although cure is not possible, successful palliative treatment allows months to years of productive life, obviating the need for continuous hospitalization and repeated thoracenteses. Successful palliative treatment requires obliteration of the pleural space. Literature survey indicates that a wide variety of medical agents and surgical methods have been used with variable success… CONTINUE READING