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Fluid Complications

Ascites (fluid in the abdomen)

Pericardial Effusion (fluid around the heart)

Pleural Effusion (fluid in the space around the lungs)

Ascites (fluid in the abdomen)


Pericardial Effusion (fluid around the heart)

Pericardial Effusion - Recent MEDLINE Abstracts (PubMed)

Pericardiocentesis (MEDLINEplus)
Describes pericardiocentesis, a procedure that utilizes a needle to remove fluid from the pericardial sac causing compression of the heart. Discusses how the test is performed and the possible risks. [1/03]



Pleural Effusion (fluid in the space around the lungs)

Chemical Pleurodesis for Pleural Effusion (Cancer Supportive Care)
Detailed description, written by Carolyn Clary-Macy, RN, of pleural effusion and the procedures used to treat pleural effusions secondary to lung cancer. Aimed at patients. [1/02]

Hospitalization Not Needed for Management of Malignant Pleural Effusion (Doctor's Guide)
Reports on a study presented at the 9th World Conference on Lung Cancer that examined the use of an in-dwelling catheter to palliate lung cancer patients with malignant pleural effusions. Study results found that the in-dwelling catheter eliminates the prolonged hospital stay associated with chest tube insertion and chemical pleurodesis, and and offers a less invasive treatment approach than standard methods. [9/00]

Malignant Pleural Effusions (Medscape)
by Steven A. Sahn, MD
22(6) Semin Respir Crit Care Med (2001): 607-615
Comprehensive discussion of malignant pleural effusions, including causes and treatment options. Aimed at physicians. Registration required for free access to Medscape. [2001]

Phase III Intergroup Study of Talc Poudrage vs Talc Slurry Sclerosis for Malignant Pleural Effusion (PubMed)
Abstract of a study published in a 2005 issue of CHEST investigating the efficacy, safety and appropriate mode of instillation of talc for sclerosis in treatment of malignant pleural effusions. Concludes that talc insufflation (TTI) and thoracostomy and talc slurry (TS) are similar in efficacy. TTI may be better for patients with a lung or breast primary. The cause and incidence of respiratory complications from talc need further investigation. [2005]




 

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