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Tumori. 2003 Jul-Aug;89(4 Suppl):233-6.

[The treatment of malignant pleural effusions: the experience of a multidisciplinary thoracic endoscopy group].

[Article in Italian]

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UOa Chirurgia Generale I, ASL 3, Ospedale Maria Vittoria, Torino.


More than half of neoplastic patients show in their clinical history the onset of pleural effusion. Malignant pleural effusion produces dyspnea, decreases respiratory function and quality of life in patients with advanced cancers. Optimal treatment is actually controversial. The aim of this study is to analyze the experience of malignant pleural effusion treatment of the Multidisciplinary Group of Thoracic Endoscopy. Patients are been subdivided in two group, depending on respiratory performance status and they are been submit to a Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) with talc pleurodesis and to positioning of a chronic indwelling pleural catheter. The treatment of malignant pleural effusion with the methods reported above allows, not only to achieve palliation of symptomatology, but also to achieve pleurodesis in patients with limited life-expectancy with good cost-beneficial ratio.

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