Pleural Interventions - Indwelling Pleural Catheters

Hugh F Welch*, Rahul Bhatnagar

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


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, 2e
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Oct 2020


  • Pleural Effusion
  • Indwelling Pleural Catheter
  • Malignancy
  • Talc
  • Pleurodesis
  • Pleural Disease


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