What Are MIIPs? / PleurX
What is a PleurX Catheter?
A PleurX catheter is a long-term tube used to drain extra fluid from the chest.
What causes excess fluid in the chest?
Conditions that can cause fluid to build up in the chest include
When there is too much fluid, it can push on the lung and make it hard to breathe. Draining the fluid with a tiny tube can make it easier to breathe. This procedure is called a thoracentesis.
Who might need a PleurX catheter?
Some people keep building up fluid in the chest and need a thoracentesis on a regular basis. A PleurX catheter is an alternative way to drain the fluid at home.
The first part of the tube is tunneled under the skin to protect it against infection. You will be able to feel this part under your skin but it should not hurt.
You will be able to connect the tube to a special bottle to drain the fluid at home rather than at the hospital. Your doctor or nurse will show you how.
I need a PleurX catheter – what is the procedure like?
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