Pleurx Drain Insertion

A pleurx drain is a special type of tube which is inserted under the skin into either the abdomen or chest. It is used to allow safe and quick drainage of fluid. In patients where fluid in these places builds up very quickly and has to be drained regularly, a pleurx drain allows regular drainage without the need for a needle to be inserted. The pleurx drain can also be used to drain fluid at home or in rooms, without the need for admission for a procedure.

 A tunnelled pleurx drain can be used for symptoms of fullness in the abdomen, or if abdominal swelling is causing problems with breathing.