Suitable device for thoracoscopic talc poudrage in malignant pleural effusion

Andrea Billè, Piero Borasio, Mara Gisabella, Luca Errico, Robert Gatherer, Francesco Ardissone

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Chemical pleurodesis is widely used in symptomatic patients with malignant pleural effusion to relieve symptoms, prevent fluid recurrence, and improve quality of life. Talc has been repeatedly found to be the most effective sclerosant agent, and thoracoscopic talc poudrage has been found to be the most effective pleurodesis technique. A homogeneous talc distribution on the visceral and parietal pleura helps to achieve complete pleural symphysis. We have recently adopted a new suitable sterile device that delivers talc under low and constant pressure, facilitating uniform coating of the whole pleural surface and avoiding inappropriate deposition of talc clumps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-524
Number of pages3
JournalGeneral Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


  • Pleural effusion
  • Pleural space
  • Thoracoscopy/video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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