Review Article
Volume 10 Issue 11 - 2021
Septated Pleural Effusion and the Thin Line between Medical and Surgical Management
Aqusa Zahid1 and Muhammad Irfan2*
1Pulmonary Resident, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
2Professor, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Muhammad Irfan, Professor, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.
Received: August 02, 2021; Published: October 27, 2021


Septated or loculated pleural effusion can develop due to multiple pleuro- pulmonary etiologies. With increased use of bed side ultrasound early identification of septated effusion is increasing. Septated pleural fluid collections may be treated by thoracentesis, closed thoracostomy tube drainage, pleuroscopy or Video assisted thoracoscopic drainage, or surgical thoracotomy and decortication. If identified early a combination of drainage with fibrinolysis can be used to avoid surgical referrals.

Keywords: Pleural Effusion; Septation; Fibrinolysis


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