This trial of ~100 patients with malignant pleural effusions found pleural catheters and chest tube with talc pleurodesis were equally effective in reducing dyspnea in patients with malignant pleural effusions, with no difference in quality of life. Either of these options is reasonable in patients who need dyspnea relief with malignant pleural effusions (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.