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Pleurodesis

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Pleurodesis is a procedure to remove air or fluid buildup in the pleural space in your chest. The pleura are thin layers of tissue that form a 2-layered lining around the lungs. In between the 2 pleura is a small, fluid-filled space called the pleural space. You may have surgical or chemical pleurodesis.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Medicines may be given. Ask how to take prescription pain medicine safely.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to have another chest x-ray to check your lungs after pleurodesis. You may also need to return to have your chest tubes removed if they were left in place. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Self-care:

  • Limit your activity. Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to work, drive, or travel by airplane.

  • Do not smoke. If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Ask for information if you need help quitting.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.

  • You feel dizzy.

  • You cough more than usual.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have shortness of breath.

  • You have chest pain.

  • Your stitches come apart.

  • Your chest tube comes out.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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