Use of Indwelling Pleural Catheter for Recurrent Pleural Effusion Due to Postpericardiotomy Syndrome: A Case Report

J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2016 Apr;23(2):160-2. doi: 10.1097/LBR.0000000000000196.


Pleural effusion secondary to postpericardiotomy syndrome (PPS) is a relatively common complication after cardiac surgery. These effusions and syndrome complex usually respond well to anti-inflammatory agents. The use of indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) for nonmalignant recurrent pleural effusions is growing. We report the use of IPC for a case of recurrent pleural effusion due to PPS in a gentleman that could not tolerate anti-inflammatory medications. To our knowledge, there has been no other report of the use of IPC due to recurrent pleural effusion from PPS.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage
  • Catheters, Indwelling
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pleural Effusion / drug therapy
  • Pleural Effusion / surgery*
  • Postpericardiotomy Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Postpericardiotomy Syndrome / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents