PleurX Catheter System

PleurX Catheter System

The PleurX catheter system provides effective at-home palliation of symptoms associated with recurrent pleural effusions and malignant ascites. This clinically proven treatment option allows patients to manage their symptoms through intermittent drainages in the comfort of their homes with minimal physician intervention.

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Used in clinical settings for more than 15 years.

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Home Health

Manage fluid accumulation in the comfort of your home.

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Designed to improve your quality of life.

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Taking Control

Patients suffering from recurrent pleural effusions and malignant ascites have faced extended hospitalisation, discomfort and time away from home with unscheduled visits to a physician’s office or ER to relieve the pain and discomfort of fluid buildup. Patients now have an option that can allow them to take control of their symptoms in the comfort of their home.

The PleurX catheter system consists of a tunneled catheter, usually placed as an outpatient procedure, and vacuum drainage bottles that allow patients or their caregivers to drain their own recurrent pleural effusions or malignant ascites in the comfort of their own homes. This helps eliminate the need for hospital visits for repeat paracentesis or thoracentesis. With the PleurX catheter system, you can help your patients spend more time at home and less time fitting into your procedural schedule.

Proven Outcomes

The PleurX System has been used in clinical settings for more than 15 years and has been the subject of more than 30 published clinical journal articles. For the treatment of recurrent pleural effusions, up to 70% of certain patient subgroups (~58% overall) experienced spontaneous pleurodesis.1 The PleurX catheter is also associated with low infection rates (less than 3%),1,2,3 country-specific coverage through insurance may apply.*

* Please verify with your local insurance provider.

  1. Warren, Kim and Liptay. Identification of clinical factors predicting PleurX catheter removal in patients treated for malignant pleural effusion. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 2008; 33:89-94.
  2. Courtney, Nemcek, Rosenberg et al. Prospective Evaluation of the PleurX Catheter When Used to Treat Recurrent Ascites Associated with Malignancy. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 2008; 19:1723- 1731.
  3. Rosenberg, Courtney, Nemcek et al. Comparison of Percutaneous Management Techniques for Recurrent Malignant Ascites. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 2004; 15:1129-31.

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