The Use of Indwelling Pleural Catheters For the Management of Non-Malignant Recurrent Pleural Effusions

Rahul Bhatnagar, Elaine Reid, John Corcoran, Amelia O Clive, Natalie Zahan, Najib M Rahman, Sumit Chatterji, Pasupathy Sivasothy, Nick A Maskell

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Although indwelling pleural catheters (IPC) are commonly used to allow the outpatient management of malignant pleural effusions, an increasing number if IPCs are being inserted to control effusions caused by non-malignant processes. This is the first UK-based series to analyse the use of IPCs in this setting.

Methods We analysed data from 3 UK hospitals with large pleural services. IPCs inserted between 2007 and June 2012 were identified retrospectively. Information was obtained from hospital records and from patients’ primary physicians. Bilateral or non-sequential IPCs in a single patient were treated as separate data points.

Results 30 IPCs were inserted, with a year-on-year rise in the number of drains seen over the analysis period. The mean age of patients was 64 (range 37–92 years). 57% were male. IPCs stayed in place for a median of 95 days (IQR 41–211) before death or removal. 6 patients died with their IPC in situ.

The majority of drains (47%, n=14) were inserted for the management of hepatic hydrothorax of varying aetiology (see table 1). 10 of these patients were given human albumin solution (HAS) intermittently with drainage.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventWinter Meeting of the British Thoracic Society (2010) - Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Dec 20107 Dec 2010


ConferenceWinter Meeting of the British Thoracic Society (2010)
Abbreviated titleBTS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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