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What Type of Procedure is a Pleurodesis?

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Updated October 08, 2012

Definition:

Pleurodesis is a procedure used to cause the layers of the lung lining (the pleura) to stick together. A chemical or medication is inserted into the space between the 2 layers of the pleura, causing inflammation that effectively glues the layers together.

With lung cancer, pleurodesis may be used to prevent recurring pleural effusions, a build-up of fluid surrounding the lungs.

This procedure may also be used to prevent a recurrent pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

Further Reading:

Examples:
Frank's lung cancer was causing recurrent pleural effusions, so his doctor recommended that he have a procedure called pleurodesis.

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