Acute pneumonitis with bilateral pleural effusion after talc pleurodesis

Chest. 1984 Nov;86(5):795-7. doi: 10.1378/chest.86.5.795.


We describe a patient who developed acute pulmonary distress with bilateral interstitial infiltrates and pleural effusion following talc pleurodesis. Talc particles, obtained by bronchoalveolar lavage, were identified by transmission electron microscopy and chemical analysis. The patient improved with corticosteroid therapy. Acute respiratory failure can be a potential hazard of talc pleurodesis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pleural Effusion / etiology*
  • Pleural Effusion / therapy
  • Pneumonia / etiology*
  • Talc / adverse effects*
  • Talc / therapeutic use


  • Talc