Plueral Space Procedures

  • Shannon S. McKenna


Surgical access to the pleural space allows for observation, drainage, biopsy, mass resection, and debridement/decortication.


Pleuroscopy Pleurodesis Complete or radical pleurectomy Pleurectomy Decortication 

Suggested Reading

  1. Swanson SJ, Sugarbaker DJ. Surgery of the pleural space: fibrothorax, thoracoscopy, and pleurectomy. In: Baum GL et al. editors. Textbook of pulmonary diseases. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven Publishers; 1998.Google Scholar
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  3. Dresler CM, et al. Phase III intergroup study of talc poudrage vs. talc slurry ­sclerosis for malignant pleural effusion. Chest. 2005;127:909–15.Google Scholar
  4. Rusch VW. Pleurectomy/decortication in the setting of multimodality treatment for diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1997;9:367–72.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Surviving Sepsis Campaign. Guidelines for management of severe sepsis and septic shock. 2008.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shannon S. McKenna
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  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain MedicineBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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