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Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia

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TEIXEIRA, Lisete Ribeiro; PINTO, José Antonio de Figueiredo  and  MARCHI, Evaldo. Malignant pleural effusion. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2006, vol.32, suppl.4, pp.S182-S189. ISSN 1806-3756.

The malignant pleural effusion is a frequent complication in patients with of advanced tumors. The presence of malignant cells in the pleural fluid or in the pleural biopsy is indicative of dissemination of the primary disease, with consequent reduction of life expectancy. The early diagnosis and treatment of the malignant effusion is pivotal in promoting a better quality of life to patients with advanced cancer.

Keywords : Pleural neoplasms [complications]; Pleural effusion [etiology]; Pleural effusion [therapy]; Pleurodesis; Thoracotomy.

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