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Congestive heart disease (CHF) can frequently cause transudative pleural effusions, some of which do not completely resolve with diuretics alone. These effusions can cause significant morbidity, leading to ongoing dyspnea and hypoxia, resulting in additional office and hospital visits. TREAT-CHF is a randomized trial studying tunneled pleural catheter (TPC) versus standard medical management for the treatment recurrent symptomatic pleural effusions secondary to CHF that are refractory to maximal medical therapy. TREAT-CHF will study whether the addition of a TPC can improve quality of life and minimize health care utilization over the one year following insertion.


Clinical Trial Description

TREAT-CHF is a randomized trial studying tunneled pleural catheter (TPC) versus standard medical management for the treatment recurrent symptomatic pleural effusions secondary to CHF that are refractory to maximal medical therapy. All trial participants will be adults with congestive heart failure (CHF) already managed with maximal medical therapy, as determined by their cardiologist or primary physician. Patients will demonstrate recurrent transudative or pseudoexudative pleural effusions caused solely by CHF that have not been controlled with medical therapy alone. Included patients must also show documented subjective symptomatic relief with thoracentesis.

Patients will be randomized to the intervention group or control group. The intervention group will receive a tunneled pleural catheter (TPC) in addition to their current medical treatment. The control group will continue with medical therapy by their referring physician and serial thoracenteses when clinically appropriate. Patients will then be followed over the course of once year after enrollment. The TPC will be drained daily for symptomatic relief. Several outcomes, including quality of life based on periodic self-survey and healthcare utilization determined by chart review (emergency room visits and hospital stays), will be studied. Adverse outcomes of TPC insertion and sequelae of frequent pleural space drainage will be documented. ;


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NCT number NCT03696524
Study type Interventional
Source University of California, Los Angeles
Contact Scott Oh, DO
Phone 310-206-6766
Email ssoh@mednet.ucla.edu
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date October 1, 2018
Completion date September 30, 2020

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