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Procedures: Procedures: Pleura |

Efficacy of High Level Intrapleural Suction and Small Bore Drain in the Conservative Management of Multiloculated Pleural Effusions

Francesco Leo, MD; Simone Furia, MD; Salima Madoui, MD; Serge Lacroix, MD; Jean Yves Delhoume, MD; Catherine Melin, PharmD; Ismet Noumri, MD
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Périgueux General Hospital, Périgueux, France


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(4_S):A441. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.459
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SESSION TITLE: Procedures: Pleura

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

PURPOSE: In multiloculated pleural effusions (MPE), the use of intrapleural urokinase is generally combined to large bore drains and pleural suction to reduce the risk of drain malfunction. Due to technical reasons, standard devices effords only mild and uncontrolled negative pressure. We tested the hypothesis that an high level of continuous negative pressure obtained by a portable device permits the use of small bore chest drain in such a situation.

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