General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

, Volume 65, Issue 11, pp 667–669 | Cite as

Mesothelioid reaction following talc pleurodesis: a case report

  • Tatyana Faynberg
  • Neha Patel
  • Amrit P. Nayar
  • Alan J. Shienbaum
Case Report



Talc pleurodesis is a well-established procedure performed to obliterate the pleural space to prevent recurrent pleural effusion and/or recurrent pneumothorax. Pleurodesis is commonly accomplished by draining the pleural fluid, if present, followed by either a mechanical procedure, such as abrasion, pleurectomy, or instillation of a chemical irritant into the pleural space, which results in inflammation and fibrosis which obliterates the pleural space. The reported complications of talc pleurodesis are hypoxemia, hypotension, tachycardia, dyspnea, chest pain, and fever.

Case presentation

Herein, we present a case of a 43-year-old female patient who developed an intense mesothelioid reaction which occurred 7 years following talc pleurodesis.


This case represents a unique mesothelioid reaction which became manifested several years after recurrent talc pleurodesis. Such a mesothelioid reaction can clinically and radiographically mimic malignant mesothelioma. We conclude that Talc pleurodesis played a causative role in this patient developing an intense mesothelioid reaction. A mesothelioid reaction should be included in the differential diagnosis in patients with pleural thickening/pleural plaque formation who have previously been treated with talc pleurodesis.


Talc Pleurodesis Mesothelioid reaction Mesothelioma 


Compliance with ethical standards

Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of this case report and any accompanying images. A copy of the written consent is available for review by the Editor-in-Chief of this journal.

Conflict of interest


Data availability

Data sharing not applicable to this article as no data sets were generated or analyzed during the current study.

Funding sources

No funding sources were obtained for this case report.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tatyana Faynberg
    • 1
  • Neha Patel
    • 1
  • Amrit P. Nayar
    • 2
  • Alan J. Shienbaum
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryRowan University School of Osteopathic MedicineStratfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryKennedy University HospitalCherry HillUSA
  3. 3.Department of PathologyRowan University School of Osteopathic MedicineStratfordUSA
  4. 4.Department of PathologyKennedy University HospitalCherry HillUSA

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