When is surgery indicated for pleural effusion (fluid on the lungs)?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Kamran Boka, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Surgical intervention is most often required for parapneumonic effusions that cannot be drained adequately by needle or small-bore catheters. Surgery may also be required to establish a diagnosis and for pleural sclerosis therapy of exudative effusions.


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