Recurrent pleural effusion in yellow nail syndrome successfully treated with video-assisted thoracic surgery: Comparison of two surgical strategies in two cases

Damian Balmforth, Andrea Bille, Lawrence Okiror, Karen Harrsion-Phipps, Tom Routledge

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Abstract

Pleural effusions as part of the yellow nail syndrome (YNS) can often be recurrent, requiring multiple thoracocentesis. The optimal surgical treatment of such recurrent effusions remains unclear and various methods including thoracoscopic pleurodesis, pleuroperitioneal shunts and pleurectomy have been described. We report two cases of recurrent pleural effusions in YNS, the first case with bilateral effusions and the second with right-sided effusions treated 2 months apart from bilateral long-term tunnelled catheters and thoracoscopic pleurectomy and compare the results of the two treatment strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-233
Number of pages3
JournalGeneral Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Pleurectomy
  • Recurrent pleural effusion
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
  • Yellow nail syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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