What are the adverse effects of sclerosing agents used to prevent the recurrence of malignant pleural effusions?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Kamran Boka, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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All sclerosing agents can produce fever, chest pain, and nausea. Talc rarely causes more serious adverse effects, such as empyema and acute lung injury. The latter appears to be related to the particle size and the amount of talc injected for pleurodesis.


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