Pleural Interventions - Indwelling Pleural Catheters

Hugh F Welch*, Rahul Bhatnagar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs) have gained prominence in recent years as a safe, effective and well-tolerated management
strategy for recurrent pleural effusions. Originally viewed as second line therapy for malignant pleural effusions, IPCs are now
commonly used as first line interventions for malignant pleural effusions and are being explored as delivery vehicles for pleurodesis
agents. Promising work is ongoing to evaluate the role of IPCs in non-malignant effusions. This article will give an overview of the
evolution of IPCs into their current forms, clinical applications for IPCs, up to date evidence supporting this and potential new
directions of use in future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Respiratory Medicine, Second Edition
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780081027240
ISBN (Print)9780081027233
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

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  • Indwelling pleural catheter
  • Malignancy
  • Non-malignant
  • Palliative
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pleurodesis
  • Trapped lung


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