Pleural Diseases

Pleura is the serous membrane that covers the lung parenchyma, mediastinum, diaphragm and the rib cage. It is divided into parietal pleura and visceral pleura. Any injury, inflammation or infection cause blood or air or fluid to build up in this pleural space and causes pleural diseases. It can be pleurisy, pleural effusion, pneumothorax, hydropneumothorax etc.

Pleural Disorders:
  1. Pleural effusion: Caused by Infections, Primary and secondary tumors of pleura, Collagen vascular disorder etc. Can also be due to other systemic diseases like cardiac failure, renal failure or liver failure etc.
  2. Pneumothorax: It is the condition were air gets accumulated in pleural spaces
  3. Hemothorax: Presence of significant amount of blood in pleural space
  4. Primary or secondary Malignancy
Diagnostic Modalities offered by Respiratory Medicine department for pleural diseases are:
  • Ultrasound guided Diagnostic Thoracentesis
  • Ultrasound guided Closed Pleural biopsy
  • Ultrasound guided mass biopsy
  • Medical Thoracoscopy
Therapeutic modalities available:
  • Therapeutic Thoracentesis
  • All modes of Intercostal drainage like Intercostal drainage tubes, Seldinger, Rockets, Indwelling pleural catheter etc.
Respiratory Medicine Dept
CMC Vellore

Christian Medical College

Ida Scudder Road,

Vellore – 632004

Tamil Nadu, India

Contact Info

Dept office number : 0416 2282859
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Working hours:
Mon – Fri : 8 am to 4.30 pm
Sat : 8 am to 12.30 pm

OPD Timing:
Wed – Fri : 8.00am – 4.30pm
Sat : 8.00am – 12.30pm

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