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ABC of Pleural Diseases

Naj Rahman (Editor), Ian Hunt (Editor), Fergus Gleeson (Editor), Nick Maskell (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-65474-3
96 pages
April 2018, BMJ Books
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Pleural diseases are frequently managed in primary care, but specialist knowledge is required to understand the full variety of presentations and available treatments in this rapidly developing field. ABC of Pleural Diseases is a brand new addition to the ABC Series which takes a unique approach to these conditions by dealing with them as a related group as well as in their individual manifestations.

The book provides a unique and comprehensive overview of pleural disease, beginning with the anatomy and physiology of the pleura. It then covers a wide range of specific conditions in greater detail, including pneumothorax, pleural effusions, pleural infections, as well as chapters on radiology and pathology. Full coverage is given of mesothelioma, the most common pleural cancer.

Written by a team of specialists, this reference guide to pleural diseases is a practical guide for General Practitioners, Junior Doctors, Specialist Nurses, Radiologists and all Healthcare Professionals working within chest medicine.

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Table of Contents

1 Epidemiology of pleural disease

2 Anatomy & Physiology of the pleura

3 Management of Pneumothorax

4 Investigating Pleural effusions

5 Malignant Pleural Effusions

6 Unusual causes of pleural effusions/conditions

7 Pleural infections

8 Empyemas
9 Cancers of the pleura

10 Malignant Mesothelioma
11 Pleural interventions 

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Author Information

Najib M Rahman, Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine and Clinical Director, Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit, University of Oxford, UK.

Ian Hunt, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at St George’s Hospital, Honorary Consultant at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton and Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George’s, University of London, UK.

Fergus Gleeson, Consultant Radiologist and Professor of Radiology, University of Oxford; Director of the Oxford Imaging Trials Unit, and Divisional Director for the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. UK.

Nick Maskell, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.

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