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ORIGINAL ARTICLE: SUPPORTIVE CARE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-80

An observational study on safety and efficacy of povidone-iodine for pleurodesis in cancer patients


1 Department of Surgical Oncology, Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia and Palliative Care, Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjeev Patni
Department of Anaesthesia and Palliative Care, Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2278-330X.208849

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Introduction: Pleurodesis is a time-honored procedure for malignant effusion as one of the palliative procedures to treat recurrent effusions. Various agents have been used in the past such as tetracycline, talc, bleomycin, and povidone-iodine. This paper aims at evaluating safety and efficacy of povidone-iodine for the procedure. Materials and Methods: One hundred and four patients underwent of pleurodesis with povidone-iodine done at our center for malignant effusion between June 2008 and August 2015. The safety and efficacy of the procedure was analyzed. Results: One hundred and four patients of malignant effusion with mean age of 53 years and a mean follow-up of 7.8 months were evaluated. A total of 79% patients did not show any reaccumulation of fluid in their follow-up. There was no periprocedural mortality. Eight patients had severe pain; eleven patients had fever, while one patient had arrhythmia.Conclusion: Povidone-iodine is a simple, cheap, and effective method of pleurodesis with no major complication and a high success rate.


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