Drug Infonet provides drug and disease information for your healthcare needs. Visit our FAQ page to find answers to common health questions. Look on the Manufacturer Info page to link to pharmaceutical company pages. Click to Health Info and Health News for the latest in healthcare developments.
Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Pleuradesis
Lung Cancer - Pleuradesis [posted
Answer: Pleuradesis is a procedure where the pleura (the lining of the lung) is inflamed to cause scar tissue between the pleura and the chest wall. This is to minimize or prevent fluid collection between the chest wall and the pleura. Preventing the fluid will help the lung keep expanded and decrease the shortness of breath found in this problem. This is a palliative procedure and will not cure the problem. There is no reason that chemotherapy or radiation cannot proceed with the pleuradesis. However, the pleuradesis is very painful and we usually don't add on other things at the same time.
Pleuradesis [posted 8/11/98]
Answer: Can't say I know, but I doubt it would ever be a big problem considering the possible reasons she is getting pleuradesis.
Back to Doctor FAQ main page.