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An Update on Tunneled Pleural Catheters

Marks, Michelle MD; Dotson, Travis MD; Bellinger, Christina MD

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000110
Colleagues in Respiratory Medicine

Recurrent pleural effusions of both malignant and benign etiologies cause significant dyspnea and decreased quality of life for patients who are frequently near the end of life. Tunneled pleural catheters allow for outpatient management of these effusions. In this article, we review the current literature regarding the effectiveness and complications associated with tunneled pleural catheter use in benign and malignant conditions.

Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Immunologic Diseases, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, NC

Disclosure: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to: Michelle Marks, MD, Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Immunology Diseases, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157.

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