Setting up a specialist pleural disease service

CE Hooper, YCG Lee, NA Maskell

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The past decade has seen a dramatic rise in clinical and research interests in pleural disease in parallel with rising incidences of pleural cancers and infection worldwide. Development of specialist pleural services can streamline patient diagnosis and therapy, reduce healthcare resource consumption, improve procedural training and safety, and facilitate clinical research. Pleural ultrasound, pleuroscopy, indwelling pleural catheter services, and pleural procedural education programs for junior staff are important elements of most specialist pleural units. An integrated service including radiology, pathology, oncology and thoracic surgery input are pivotal to success. Establishing funding support and referral sources are the common initial hurdles. This article provides an overview of the need for specialist pleural disease units, the essential elements required and the likely challenges encountered in setting up a pleural service.
Translated title of the contributionSetting up a specialist pleural disease service
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1028 - 1036
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


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