Malignant pleural effusions: treatment with small-bore-catheter thoracostomy and talc pleurodesis

Radiology. 1999 Jan;210(1):277-81. doi: 10.1148/radiology.210.1.r99dc04277.


Thirty-two patients with a known primary malignancy and a symptomatic malignant pleural effusion underwent small-bore-catheter thoracostomy and talc pleurodesis. Twenty-three patients (72%) had a complete response; four (12%), a partial response; and five (16%), no response. Symptoms in all those who responded were clinically improved. Complications included fever in 13 patients (41%) and moderate shortness of breath, chest pain, or both in six (19%). Small-bore-catheter thoracostomy and talc pleurodesis was successful in treating malignant pleural effusions.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Catheterization
  • Chest Tubes*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Drainage
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pleural Effusion, Malignant / diagnostic imaging
  • Pleural Effusion, Malignant / therapy*
  • Pleurodesis*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Talc / administration & dosage*
  • Thoracostomy*


  • Talc