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Hospital a Domicilio

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OLEA-SOTO, Jorge; SOLER-SEMPERE, Maria J  y  CERVERO-FERRAGUT, Salvador. Home management of permanent tunneled pleural catheter: a case report. Hosp. domic. [online]. 2020, vol.4, n.1, pp.43-49.  Epub 25-Mayo-2020. ISSN 2530-5115.

Malignant pleural effusion represents a frequent entity in patients with neoplastic diseases. Its appearance represents an advanced stage of the disease and indicates a poor prognosis and can lead a high symptomatic burden with the deterioration of the quality of life. Although its management must be individualized, in certain cases, the use of permanent tunneled pleural catheters can be a safe and effective alternative to try to reach an adequate control of symptoms.

We present the case of a patient diagnosed in our department of a malignant pleural mesothelioma with recurrent pleural effusion, to which a tunneled pleural catheter was placed because previous pleurodesis attempts had failed. We describe the procedure, as well as home management. In this case, we chose a comprehensive approach with home support from the Hospital at Home of our hospital.

Palabras clave : Pleural Effusion, Malignant; Mesothelioma; Neoplasms; Home Care Services; Home Care Services, Hospital-Based.

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