British Thoracic Society pleural disease guideline 2010

NICE Accredited

British Thoracic Society - BTS
British Thoracic Society (BTS)
Publication date:
04 March 2010


Pleural disease remains common, affecting over 3000 people per million population each year. They therefore represent a significant contribution to the workload of respiratory physicians. Pleural disease originates from a wide range of pathologies and a systematic approach to the investigation and management is therefore required.

The guideline has the following sections:

  • Introduction and methods
  • Investigation of a unilateral pleural effusion in adults
  • Management of spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Management of a malignant pleural effusion
  • Management of pleural infection in adults
  • Local anaesthetic thoracoscopy
  • Pleural procedures and thoracic ultrasound