Management of pleural effusions; Experience from a single center thoracic surgery clinic
Kubilay İnan, Özgür Ömer Yıldız
Background/Aim: The most common symptom in pleural effusion is shortness of breath, followed by pleuritic pain in the area accompanied by the pathology. Spesific treatment of pleural effusion can be determined after differential diagnosis.Material-Method: We retrospectively evaluated 43 patients who were hospitalized in our thoracic surgery clinic between 2019-2020. Results: In our study, 43 patients were evaluated for pleural effusion.The mean age of the patients was 57.76 years (18-88). In our study, pleural fluid of 15 patients was determined as transudate, and pleural fluid of 28 patients was determined as exudate. Conclusion: Given the aging of the population and the consequent increasing prevalence of multiple morbidity, pleural effusions often have more than one cause. Thoracentesis can be performed for diagnostic purposes or to reduce the symptom of dyspnea in massive fluids [8,9]. In our study, 37 patients underwent tube thoracostomy while 6 patients did not. The biopsy procedure was performed with vats or imaging-guided fine needle biopsy methods. In our study, pleuridesis was applied to 21 patients.
Kubilay İnan, Özgür Ömer Yıldız. Management of pleural effusions; Experience from a single center thoracic surgery clinic. International Journal of Surgery and Surgical Research, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2022, Pages 8-12