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glossary:pleurodesis [2008/04/12 13:39]
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|+||A procedure that causes the membranes around the [[lung]] to stick together and prevents the buildup of fluid in the space between the membranes. This procedure is done in cases of severe recurrent [[pleural effusion]] (fluid around the lungs), as from [[cancer]], to prevent the reaccumulation of fluid. |
|+||In pleurodesis, an irritant (such as Bleomycin, [[Tetracyclines]], or talc powder) is instilled inside the space between the pleura (the two layers of [[tissue]] lining the lungs) in order to create inflammation which tacks the two pleura together. This procedure thereby obliterates the space between the pleura and prevents the reaccumulation of fluid.|