WHen pleural enfusion doesnt work
Pleural effusions that are coming from a malignancy to the pleura and lungs can be very hard to treat. The procedure "pleurodesis" which is the injection of a sclerosing agent (the stick substance) in the pleural space aims to prevent further accumulation of the fluid. However, if the cause of the fluid is still there, which is the malignancy, then there is a significant chance that the fluid will re-accumulate. For this reason, doctors usually give concomitant treatment for the malignancy, such as chemotherapy, to address primary cause of the problem. I suggest you discuss this option with your doctor.
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