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Pleural Disease

2nd Edition, December 28, 2009

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ISBN: 978-1-4200-7739-1
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  • Revision: 2nd Edition, December 28, 2009
  • Published Date: December 28, 2009
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 866
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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The second edition of Pleural Disease updates our knowledge on frequent, but usually neglected, diseases of the everyday clinical practice. As it was stated in the first edition, it is estimated that about 25% of the consultations of a pulmonary service concern pleural diseases. Various medical specialties are dealing with their diagnosis and treatment, including pneumonologists, thoracic surgeons, radiologists, internists, pediatricians, pathologists and oncologists. However, only a few scientists and clinicians with their excellent and continuous work contributed to the advancement of our understanding of basic and clinical aspects of the health and diseased pleura.

The second edition features the current molecular approaches, interventional applications, biomarkers, proteomics, translational medicine, pleural malignancies, new diagnostic approaches, clinical manifestations, and treatment methodologies. All chapters have been updated to include recent advances in clinical medicine and basic science, while some other more classical ones have been omitted to have a more concise book. New chapters have been added that represent the current state of the art presentation of all aspects of pleural diseases by world leading authorities. Authors from all continents and renowned medical schools contributed to this 45 chapter book, combining the international approach to current diagnosis and treatment of pleural diseases, both benign and malignant. Newer techniques, like medical thoracoscopy, pleural lavage, intrapleural fibrinolytics, image-guided small bore catheters, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), pleuroperitoneal shunt and extrapleural pneumonectomy are presented in detail.

Recent advances in physiology, pathophysiology, imaging and interventional medicine of the pleura are presented by experts. One of the assets of the book is the state of the art description of the application of the interventional techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of the pleural diseases. They include pleural thoracentesis and closed biopsy, chest tube insertion, pleural lavage, medical thoracoscopy and VATS are presented by leading authorities.

A critical assessment of the various diagnostic tests and the importance of clinical evaluation in the differential diagnosis of a pleural effusion are presented in detail.

A great deal of the book is dedicated to pleural infection. A number of experts present their experience in the diagnosis and management of parapneumonic and surgical pleural infections both from the medical and surgical point of view. Tuberculous pleuritis continues to be a major health problem in developing countries and a frequent diagnostic problem in the clinical practice.

Malignant pleural effusions, primary or metastatic, are an important cause of morbidity. The various aspects of this condition are presented in some extent both from the clinical and the surgical point of view. The current understanding and management mesothelioma and the benign asbestos-related pleural disease is professionally presented, as well as recent advances for other frequent diseases, including pneumothorax, and hemothorax.

I hope that physicians, thoracic surgeons, radiologists, pediatricians, and students will find the new book useful in their everyday clinical and research practice.