Pleural diseases encompass a vast and heterogeneous group of diseases that have traditionally received relatively little attention from researchers, resulting in empiric approaches to patient management based largely on expert opinions and anecdotal evidence. Yet, paradoxically, pleural diseases represent a considerable burden for patients, providers, and the healthcare system as a whole, with a rising incidence of malignant pleural effusions and pleural space infections, in increasingly complex patients. Fortunately, the last decade has witnessed unprecedented research efforts from the pleural community, which have resulted in substantial advances in risk-stratification, patient selection, treatment efficacy and the development of evidence-based recommendations ultimately leading to improved patient care. In this review, we will present a summary of the current evidence for the management of pleural diseases with an emphasis on interventional procedures, and highlight the need for future research efforts in the field of malignant pleural effusions, pleural space infections and pneumothorax.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Immunology and Allergy
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health