Alternative widely available, inexpensive agents for pleurodesis


Dikensoy Ö. , Light R.

CURRENT OPINION IN PULMONARY MEDICINE, vol.11, no.4, pp.340-344, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/01.mcp.0000166587.24127.91
  • Title of Journal : CURRENT OPINION IN PULMONARY MEDICINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.340-344

Abstract

Purpose of review Pleurodesis is the one of the best options for the management of symptomatic patients with malignant pleural effusion, recurrent benign pleural effusion, and recurrent pneumothorax. Although talc, parenteral tetracycline derivatives, and bleomycin are the most commonly used agents for pleurodesis, parenteral tetracycline derivatives are not available worldwide, bleomycin is expensive, and concerns about the side effects of talc are growing. The purpose of this review is to provide information about other widely available agents for pleurodesis.