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Pleurodesis : Everything Flows

Demosthenes Bouros, MD, FCCP; Marios Froudarakis, MD, FCCP; Nikolaos M. Siafakas, MD, PhD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Heraklion, Crete, Greece 
 ,  Dr. Bouros is Associate Professor of Pneumonology, Dr. Froudarakis is Lecturer of Pneumonology, and Dr. Siafakas is Professor of Pneumonology, Department of Pneumonology, Medical School, University of Crete, and University Hospital, Heraklion, Greece.

Correspondence to: Demosthenes Bouros MD, FCCP, Department of Pneumonology, Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece 71110; e-mail: bouros@med.uoc.gr



Chest. 2000;118(3):577-579. doi:10.1378/chest.118.3.577
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“It’s often better to be in chains than to be free.”

The Trial (1925), Franz Kafka

Pleurodesis, from the Greek pleura and desis (binding together), is intended to achieve a symphysis between parietal and visceral pleura, in order to prevent accumulation of either air (pneumothorax) or fluid (pleural effusion) in the pleural space.

The most common indication for this procedure is malignant effusions; less common are pneumothorax and recurrent, benign pleural effusions.12 Approximately, 50% of pleural effusions are malignant, while carcinoma of the lung, metastatic breast carcinoma, and lymphoma are responsible for approximately 75% of all malignant pleural effusions.13

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