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Talc Pleurodesis

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A medical procedure routinely used for the treatment of recurrent pleural effusion (excess fluid that surrounds the lungs), pleurodesis is performed by the addition of a number of chemicals and agents into the pleural cavity, which first causes inflammation (pleuritis), and then causes the pleurae to stick together. Talc is the most frequently used agent because it has been shown to result in fewer complications while delivering a high rate of success (90-96%).

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Complications of talc pleurodesis are rare and include infection (a high white blood cell count), bleeding, acute respiratory distress syndrome, collapsed lung and respiratory failure.

Definition of pleurodesis

The Medical Dictionary defines pleurodesis as: The surgical creation of a fibrous adhesion between the visceral and parietal layers of the pleura, thus obliterating the pleural cavity.

Wikipedia's definition is a simplified version: Pleurodesis is a medical procedure in which the pleural space is artificially obliterated.