Current Status of Medical Pleuroscopy

Andrew R L Medford*, Jonathan A. Bennett, Catherine M. Free, Sanjay Agrawal

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Medical pleuroscopy (MP) offers a safe and minimally invasive tool for interventional pulmonologists. It allows diagnosis of unexplained effusion, while at the same time allowing drainage and pleurodesis. It can also help in the diagnosis of diffuse interstitial disease or associated peripheral lung abnormality in the presence of effusion. It can have a therapeutic role in pneumothorax and hyperhidrosis or chronic pancreatic pain. This article reviews the technical aspects and range of applications of MP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-172
Number of pages8
JournalClinics in chest medicine
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Malignancy
  • Medical pleuroscopy
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pleural infection
  • Pleurodesis
  • Pneumothorax

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