Delayed onset of benign pleural effusion following concurrent chemoradiotherapy for inoperable non-small-cell lung cancer

R Kumar, G Patel, Ganessan Kichenadasse, Shawgi Sukumaran, Amitesh Roy, Bogda Koczwara, Jeffrey Bowden, John Leung, Tony Woo, Christos Karapetis

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    Abstract

    Chronic benign pleural effusion (BPE) is a rare complication of concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for inoperable stage IIIA non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This report presents three cases of BPE, the workup to differentiate this benign condition from recurrence of cancer and recommends a pleural biopsy as part of the diagnostic process. These inflammatory exudates often remain indolent, and may not require drainage or surgical intervention. In the absence of clinical, radiological and pathological evidence of recurrent disease, we recommend clinicians manage these patients expectantly, using regular clinical assessment and imaging. Internal Medicine Journal

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)218-221
    Number of pages4
    JournalInternal Medicine Journal
    Volume45
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

    Keywords

    • Benign pleural effusion
    • Case series
    • Concurrent chemoradiotherapy
    • Non-small-cell lung cancer
    • Stage III inoperable

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