What should I know about talc intrapleural before receiving it?

Before you receive talc intrapleural in the hospital, you should know about the risks associated with the procedure. The most common problems from treatment with talc intrapleural are pain and fever. However, many instances of pain and most instances of fever occurred in people who also had diagnostic biopsies when the talc intrapleural was given. Some serious lung problems have been associated with talc intrapleural, but whether the talc actually caused these problems is unclear. In rare cases, people who received talc intrapleural have experienced the following complications:
  • breathing problems
  • trouble catching their breath
  • infection
  • spitting up blood or coughing up blood
  • heart problems
  • bleeding at their chest tube site
People who receive talc intrapleural may not be able to have lung surgery or certain diagnostic procedures in the future.

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