How can pain from the use of sclerosing agents be reduced in patients with 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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Injection of 50 mL of 1% lidocaine hydrochloride prior to instillation of the sclerosing agent has been advocated help to alleviate pain [17, 40] but is not universally used. Additional analgesia might be required in some cases. Clamp chest tubes for approximately two hours after instillation of the sclerosing agent.

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