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Blood pleurodesis has been used to treat pneumothorax and persistent postoperative air leak following pneumonectomy. However, the indications for this procedure and the exact technique to be followed remain poorly defined. Having reviewed the current literature, a protocol is proposed for the technique and its complications and long-term outcomes are discussed.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/thx.2007.089664

Type

Journal article

Journal

Thorax

Publication Date

03/2009

Volume

64

Pages

258 - 260

Keywords

Blood, Empyema, Pleural, Humans, Pleurodesis, Pneumothorax, Risk Factors