Intrapleural administration of fibrinolytic agents can be used to degrade the fibrin present in complicated pleural effusions, thus decreasing viscosity of the fluid and enhancing evacuation of the pleural space via chest tube drainage. Patients who may otherwise need surgical intervention could benefit from this treatment. As more knowledge is gained through clinical experience and research studies, patients' outcomes may show major improvement.
Articles| December 30 1998
Intrapleural fibrinolytic therapy for complicated pleural effusions
Crit Care Nurse (1998) 18 (6): 73-80.
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BS Monroe, D Warner; Intrapleural fibrinolytic therapy for complicated pleural effusions. Crit Care Nurse 30 December 1998; 18 (6): 73–80. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn1918.104.22.168
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