Outpatient talc administration via indwelling pleural catheters for malignant effusions

Alexandra Dipper, Rahul Bhatnagar, Nick Maskell

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Malignant pleural effusion is a common cause of breathlessness and signifies advanced disease. Common options for definitive pleural intervention include insertion of an indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) or talc pleurodesis.

RECENT FINDINGS: Administration of graded talc through an IPC offers an increased chance of pleurodesis compared with IPC drainage alone and is not associated with a significant risk of adverse events.

SUMMARY: In patients where an ambulatory treatment pathway is preferred, the increased chance of pleurodesis with talc administration via IPC can result in a faster time to device removal and may be associated with better quality of life and symptom scores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-383
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Issue number4
Early online date16 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • Malignant pleural effusion
  • pleurodesis
  • indwelling pleural catheter


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