Navigation Links
Study examines treatments for relieving breathing difficulties among patients with lung effusions
Date:5/20/2012

Helen E. Davies, M.D., of the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, and colleagues compared the effectiveness of treatments to relieve breathing difficulties among patients with malignant pleural effusion (presence of fluid in the pleural cavity [space between the outside of the lungs and the inside wall of the chest cavity], as a complication of malignant disease). The treatments compared were chest tube drainage and talc slurry for pleurodesis (a procedure in which the pleural space is obliterated) vs. indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs).

Malignant pleural effusion causes disabling dyspnea (breathing difficulties) in more than 1 million people worldwide annually; patients have an average life expectancy of 4 months. "There are no robust clinical data to address which of these treatments is more effective at palliating symptoms and improving quality of life," the authors write. "Indwelling pleural catheters are increasingly used as an alternative treatment to talc pleurodesis."

The randomized controlled trial compared IPC (n = 52) and talc slurry for pleurodesis (n = 54) for patients with malignant pleural effusion who were treated at 7 U.K. hospitals. Patients were screened from April 2007-February 2011 and were followed up for a year. The researchers found that there was no significant difference between groups in dyspnea in the first 42 days after intervention. Indwelling pleural catheters reduced time in the hospital but were associated with an excess of adverse events. "As such, IPCs cannot be advocated as a superior treatment to talc pleurodesis for palliation of symptoms," the authors write.


'/>"/>

Contact: Najib M. Rahman
najib.rahman@ndm.ox.ac.uk
JAMA and Archives Journals
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Study evaluates use of inhaled saline for young children with cystic fibrosis
2. Study says children exposed to tobacco smoke face long-term respiratory problems
3. One-Third of U.S. Homeless Population Is Obese: Study
4. Military Marriages Stay Strong in Face of Challenges: Study
5. Its Not Just What You Eat, Its When You Eat, Mouse Study Finds
6. Parents Often Lose Sleep Over Childs Epilepsy, Study Finds
7. OSHAs Safety Tests Protect Workers at Little Cost: Study
8. Scientists study serious immune malfunction
9. Study Explores Distractions Role in Pain Relief
10. Early Study Hints at Link Between Certain Sunscreens, Endometriosis
11. Researchers undertake radical new cancer survivorship study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 04, 2016 , ... Francesca Loparco, Co-Founder of Queen City Dream Cars, an ... same-day LASIK procedure at Christenbury Eye Center. The entrepreneur struggled with her computer, ... the same day as her in-office consultation and eye exam. Francesca’s eyesight was restored ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... ... The preeminent surgical aftercare facility Pearl Recovery Retreat was pleased to provide ... 2016, the 61-year-old model and reality TV star was diagnosed with early stage ductal ... according to an interview with the Daily Mail Online . , Following ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... AudioEducator is the ... In upcoming months, AudioEducator has lined up some informative training session for the ... give complete compliance know-how and practical, easy-to-apply advice. , On Thursday, May 19, ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 – (PRWEB) May 04, 2016 ... products, today revealed the non-toxic benefits of its Tutti Frutti line ... teething pain is just part of the story. These food-grade, silicone ... PVC-, and phthalate-free. , “Many baby toys contain BPA, harmful ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 04, 2016 , ... DESCO Medical Service, also known as ... sterilization service and sales company located in Pennsylvania. The terms of the deal ... asset management services to the medical and academic research industries. The acquisition will ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... 4, 2016  It,s time for an upgrade. There are many medical recorders on ... inch LCD, the illustrious DVMAXX HD  offers unparalleled connectivity and functionality.  Ampronix  is ... world class manufacturer of innovative technology.  Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160503/363416 ... ... ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... May 4, 2016 Valeritas Holdings, ... an alternative public offering (APO). This was accomplished via ... Valeritas, Inc. and a private placement of approximately 5 ... per share. Under the terms of the ... Valeritas Holdings, Inc. will trade on the OTC Markets ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... , May 4, 2016 ... addition of the  "Global Acute lymphocytic Leukemia ...  report to their offering.       ... Global Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Market and Competitive ... Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia pipeline products, Acute Lymphocytic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: