SESSION TITLE: Cardiovascular Disease
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Benign pleural effusions (BPE) are a recurring problem in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and liver disease. Medical management includes salt restriction, diuretics, after load reduction and sometimes inotropes (in CHF); although many patients present with recurring pleural effusions and renal dysfunction prohibiting aggressive diuresis. Indwelling pleural catheters (IPC) have been used for management of malignant pleural effusions and there is paucity of literature regarding its use in non-malignant effusions. We evaluated the utility and effectiveness of IPC in patients with diuretic refractory recurrent pleural effusions.