Now in a fully revised and updated Sixth Edition, Dr. Light's classic text,
Pleural Diseases, delivers even more focused content on the pathophysiology,
clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of pleural diseases. The
text’s straightforward, single-author perspective combines procedural
expertise, insights on recent technical advances, and clear recommendations
for both diagnosis and treatment.
This edition includes current and timely information on management of both paraneoplastic and malignant pleural effusions, new cautions regarding the need for training in thoracentesis, diagnosis of tuberculous pleural effusions, and newer agents for producing effusions.
Inside this powerful, fact-packed resource…
• Three algorithms for diagnosis of pleural effusions help identify causes
of pathologic findings.
• Chapters on thoracentesis, pleural biopsy, chest tube insertion, and thoracoscopy provide indications and contraindications along with step-by-step procedural guidance.
• Detailed coverage of parapneumonic and malignant pleural effusions addresses the most recent advances in treatment.
NEW to the Sixth Edition…
• Updated treatment regimens for paraneoplastic lesions broaden therapeutic
• Consensus-building content presents a unified approach to the use of indwelling catheters in the management of malignant pleural effusions.
• New emphasis on training for thoracentesis helps minimize procedure-related morbidity and mortality.
• New recommendations regarding chest tubes help ensure the proper tube is used for each procedure.
• New tests refine the diagnosis of tuberculous pleural effusions.
PLUS… a FREE companion website provides on-demand access to the fully searchable text and images.
Table of Contents
1 Anatomy of the Pleura
2 Physiology of the Pleural Space
3 Physiological Effects of Pneumothorax and Pleural Effusion
4 Animal Models in Pleural Investigation
5 Cytokines and the Pleura
6 Radiographic Examinations
7 Clinical Manifestations and Useful Tests
8 Approach to the Patient
9 Transudative Pleural Effusions
10 Pleural Effusions Related to Metastatic Malignancies
11 Primary Tumors of the Pleura
12 Parapneumonic Effusions and Empyema
13 Tuberculous Pleural Effusions
14 Pleural Effusion Secondary to Fungal Infections, Actinomycosis, and Nocardiosis
15 Pleural Effusion Due to Parasitic Infection
About the Author(s)
Richard W Light MD
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University; Director of Pulmonary Disease Program, Department of Medicine, St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN