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Chest Surgery pp 361-370 | Cite as

Benign and Malignant Pleural Effusions

  • Thomas Schneider
Chapter
Part of the Springer Surgery Atlas Series book series (SPRISURGERY)

Abstract

A wide range of diseases may involve the pleura and pleural space; therefore, pleural effusions are common in the practice of thoracic surgery. Although the management of pleural effusions seems simple, their diagnosis often presents a challenge. Historically, thoracoscopy was the customary approach; today, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) procedures are widely practiced to diagnose and treat pleural diseases. Patients who may have undergone nondiagnostic, noninvasive evaluation in the past should now be offered a VATS procedure to avoid repeated thoracenteses or pleural biopsies.

Keywords

Pleural Effusion Pleural Fluid Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Malignant Pleural Effusion Pleural Disease 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Thoracic SurgerySt. Vincentius KlinikenKarlsruheGermany

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