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    BTS Pleural Disease Guideline 2010

    British Thoracic SocietyPleural Disease Guideline Group

    August 2010 Vol 65 Supplement II



    Vol 65 Supplem

    ent II Pages ii1ii76TH



    August 2010

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  • BTS Pleural Disease Guideline 2010

    British Thoracic Society Pleural Disease Guideline Group:

    a sub-group of the British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee

  • The BTS Pleural Disease Guideline is endorsed by:

    Royal College of Physicians, London Royal College of Surgeons of England

    Royal College of Physicians of EdinburghRoyal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of GlasgowRoyal College of Radiologists

    Royal College of AnaesthetistsRoyal College of Pathologists

    College of Emergency MedicineSociety for Acute Medicine

    Association for Clinical BiochemistryBritish Society of Clinical Cytology

  • Journal of the British Thoracic Society

    Impact Factor: 7.04Editor-in-Chief

    J A Wedzicha (UK)


    S L Johnston (UK)

    Associate EditorsJ S Brown (UK) J R Hurst (UK)P M A Calverley (UK) D A Lomas (UK)M Dusmet (UK) D M Mannino (USA)J S Elborn (N Ireland) F D Martinez (USA)A J Fisher (UK) C Robertson (Australia)J M FitzGerald (Canada) B Schonhofer (Germany)J A Fleetham (Canada) G A Silvestri (USA)N M Foley (UK) G I Town (New Zealand)I Hall (UK) M K B Whyte (UK)R Hubbard (UK)

    Statistical Editors

    L Tata (UK)J Gibson (UK)

    Images Editors

    J M FitzGerald (Canada)J R Mayo (Canada)J C Hogg (Canada)

    Letters Editor

    J R Hurst (UK)

    Lung Alert Editors

    A Bhowmik (UK)J Quint (UK)

    President, British Thoracic Society

    P Corris

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    BTS Pleural Disease Guideline 2010ii1 Introduction and methods: British Thoracic

    Society pleural disease guideline 2010I Du Rand, N Maskell

    ii4 Investigation of a unilateral pleural effusion inadults: British Thoracic Society pleural diseaseguideline 2010C Hooper, Y C G Lee, N Maskell, on behalf of theBTS Pleural Guideline Group

    ii18 Management of spontaneous pneumothorax:British Thoracic Society pleural diseaseguideline 2010A MacDuff, A Arnold, J Harvey, on behalf of theBTS Pleural Disease Guideline Group

    ii32 Management of a malignant pleural effusion:British Thoracic Society pleural diseaseguideline 2010M E Roberts, E Neville, R G Berrisford,G Antunes, N J Ali, on behalf of the BTS PleuralDisease Guideline Group

    Online supporting documentation is available atwww.brit-thoracic.org.uk

    ii41 Management of pleural infection in adults:British Thoracic Society pleural diseaseguideline 2010H E Davies, R J O Davies, C W H Davies,on behalf of the BTS Pleural Disease GuidelineGroup

    ii54 Local anaesthetic thoracoscopy:British Thoracic Society pleural diseaseguideline 2010N M Rahman, N J Ali, G Brown, S J Chapman,R J O Davies