Under the direction of Dr. Armin Ernst , the Pleural Disease Center is a specialized multidisciplinary program for the evaluation and treatment of diseases affecting the linings around the lungs. Patients with pleural effusions or pleural masses are evaluated for possible thoracentesis, pleuroscopy (both medical and surgical) and/or biopsy. Pleural manometry is routinely performed, and home drainage systems are implanted when appropriate. In most cases, urgent thoracentesis can be arranged within 24 hours.
Patients Appropriate for Referral:
- Patients with diseases affecting the linings around the lungs
- Patients with pleural effusions for diagnosis and treatment