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Indwelling pleural catheters versus chest tube and talc pleurodesis in malignant pleural effusion
  1. E Nuttall
  1. Correspondence to E Nuttall, Respiratory Medicine, ST4, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Haslingden Road, Blackburn BB2 3HH, UK; eknuttall{at}

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Malignant pleural effusion causes dyspnoea in more than 1 million people annually and current guidelines recommend chest tube insertion and talc slurry as first-line treatment.

This unblinded randomised controlled trial aimed to determine whether indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs) are more effective at relieving dyspnoea in patients with malignant effusions than chest tube and talc pleurodesis. One hundred and six …

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