Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Pleurodesis for lung cancer

Pleurodesis for lung cancer

Our doctors may perform a pleurodesis for patients with recurrent accumulation of excess pleura in the area around the lungs. Before this interventional pulmonology procedure is performed, any excess fluid in this space must be drained with a thoracentesis procedure.

What is pleurodesis?

A pleurodesis procedure is performed using a chemical agent that causes the membranes around the lung to stick together.

The agent is injected into the chest through a needle, and eliminates the space between the tissues so that fluid can no longer accumulate there.