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Supplementary Material for: Intrapleural Fibrinolytics and Deoxyribonuclease for Treatment of Indwelling Pleural Catheter-Related Pleural Infection: A Multi-Center Observational Study

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posted on 30.03.2021, 06:37 by Fitzgerald D.B., Muruganandan S., Tsim S., Ip H., Asciak R., Walker S., UribeBecerra J.-P., Majid A., Ahmed L., Rahman N.M., Maskell N.A., Blyth K.G., Lee Y.C.G.
Background: Indwelling pleural catheters (IPC) are increasingly used for management of recurrent (especially malignant) effusions. Pleural infection associated with IPC use remains a concern. Intrapleural therapy with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and deoxyribonuclease (DNase) significantly reduces surgical referrals in non-IPC pleural infection, but data on its use in IPC-related pleural infection are scarce. Objective: To assess the safety and efficacy of intrapleural tPA and DNase in IPC-related pleural infection. Methods: Patients with IPC-related pleural infection who received intrapleural tPA/DNase in five Australian and UK centers were identified from prospective databases. Outcomes on feasibility of intrapleural tPA/DNase delivery, its efficacy and safety were recorded. Results: Thirty-nine IPC-related pleural infections (predominantly Staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative organisms) were treated in 38 patients; 87% had malignant effusions. In total, 195 doses (median 6 [IQR = 3–6]/patient) of tPA (2.5 mg–10 mg) and DNase (5 mg) were instilled. Most (94%) doses were delivered via IPCs using local protocols for non-IPC pleural infections. The mean volume of pleural fluid drained during the first 72 h of treatment was 3,073 (SD = 1,685) mL. Most (82%) patients were successfully treated and survived to hospital discharge without surgery; 7 required additional chest tubes or therapeutic aspiration. Three patients required thoracoscopic surgery. Pleurodesis developed post-infection in 23/32 of successfully treated patients. No major morbidity/mortality was associated with tPA/DNase. Four patients received blood transfusions; none had systemic or significant pleural bleeding. Conclusion: Treatment of IPC-related pleural infection with intrapleural tPA/DNase instillations via the IPC appears feasible and safe, usually without additional drainage procedures or surgery. Pleurodesis post-infection is common.

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