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Pleural procedures are commonly performed by physicians from a range of specialities. These procedures vary in complexity, from relatively straightforward pleural aspiration to more challenging procedures such as pleuroscopy. After appropriate training, even complex pleural procedures have a low risk of complications. Nevertheless, an appreciation of procedural risks is essential for physician training and forms the crux of a valid patient consent process. This review presents a systematic evaluation of the potential complications of common pleural procedures.

Original publication

DOI

10.1111/j.1440-1843.2009.01592.x

Type

Journal article

Journal

Respirology

Publication Date

08/2009

Volume

14

Pages

796 - 807

Keywords

Biopsy, Chest Tubes, Hemorrhage, Humans, Pleural Diseases, Pleural Effusion, Pulmonary Edema, Suction, Thoracoscopy