An update in the management of malignant pleural effusion

Indian J Palliat Care. 2011 May;17(2):98-103. doi: 10.4103/0973-1075.84529.


Malignant pleural effusion (MPE) usually presents in the disseminated and advanced stage of malignancy. Dyspnea is the debilitating symptom which needs palliation in these patients. Various modalities are available in the management of MPE. Careful consideration of the patient's expected survival and quality of life is needed when deciding the optimum treatment modality in such patients. In this article, different modalities of the palliative management of MPE are discussed with an attempt to derive a treatment algorithm for the management of MPE.

Keywords: Malignant pleural effusion; Pleurodesant; Pleurodesis; Talc; Tube thoracostomy.