PleurX Catheter 2018-02-21T16:40:59-06:00



A Pleurx Catheter is a tool used to collect fluids for the purpose of draining the chest cavity. There are several reasons for why fluid builds up in the chest cavity. The pleura is a covering around the lungs. The pleura protects the lungs from the chest wall. There is a certain amount of space between the lungs and pleura that helps us breathe.When that space is filled with fluid, in a condition called pleural effusion, you begin to have symptoms. Sometimes pleural effusion is a recurrent event that requires the use of a Pleurx Catheter. 


The pleura is not a structure that most people are familiar with. The pleura is a membranous lining around the lungs. The lining contains two layers of tissue. The layers are very thin. They help to both cushion and lubricate the lungs. The inner layer touches the lungs and wraps around them tightly. The outer layer lies inside the chest cavity. The fluid inside the pleural cavity brings lubrication. The lubrication is used to avoid friction between the two layers of the pleura. Sometimes that fluid builds up way too much. It puts pressure on the lungs. It can happen in one lung or both. The condition is called pleural effusion.

Pleural Effusion

An abnormal amount of fluid around the lungs is called pleural effusion. There are multiple causes of the condition. Cancer, pneumonia, and pulmonary embolisms are three problems related to the lungs. Lupus, congestive heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease are other reasons for pleural effusion. All of these problems result in the body’s inability to handle fluids. The body has the job of balancing fluids. Too much fluid leads to swelling which then leads to pain and discomfort. You may suffer from swelling in your feet. That is one instance of a fluid imbalance. Swelling in the lungs is different. Unlike your feet, you cannot lift your lungs to relieve the swelling. Pleural swelling causes a lot of symptoms and is very dangerous.


There are many symptoms of pleural effusions. Shortness of breath and chest pain are two major symptoms. The pain can be severe. It will make doing physical activity very hard. You may even get tired walking. Many people also experience fever. If the pleural effusion is a result bacteria or infection, fever typically follows. A cough is another common symptom. The pressure put on the lungs from excess fluid leads to persistent coughing.

Pleurx Catheter

When you suffer from pleural effusion, there are multiple treatment options. PleurX system is a great treatment method. The system relieves the symptoms of pleural effusion by removing the fluid in the lungs. The procedure is minimally invasive. It works through catheter use. After treatment, there is a minimal recovery period. The system works great for those who have recurrent pleural effusion. Medication may work for a single incident. Medication can sometimes help manage the problem, but when it continues to happen, you need more than medication. Pleurx Catheter is exactly what you need.

PleurX Catheter Procedure

The procedure is minimally invasive; therefore it requires sedation. It is typically an outpatient procedure. You will lie down first. The doctor will then determine where to place the catheter. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area. A needle is inserted into the pleural space. A guidewire is placed through the needle. An incision is made in the area of the guidewire. A second incision is made inches below the first incision. The catheter is placed inside the lower incision. It is pushed through the incision into the pleural space over the guidewire. Once in place, the guidewire is removed. The incision is stitched up, and the catheter is attached to the lower incision under the skin. The catheter is in place so a vacuum bottle can be connected whenever there is a need for drainage.


There are many benefits to the procedure. Instead of having to take medication or constantly be stuck with a needle, whenever the fluid builds up in the lungs, you have access to a catheter. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not require a lot of recovery time.

The catheter provides you with quick relief. The best part is that you can do it for yourself at home. You do not always have to run to a hospital; this alone saves you time and money.

Pleurx Catheter is making treatment for pleural effusion much easier. If you suffer from pleural effusion, going to the doctor all the time can be taxing. If this is a recurring thing for you, the hospital bills only pile up. Having a treatment that saves you both time and energy are what you need. Pleurx Catheter does that and more. It can also save you from those pesky hospital bills. Ask your physician about Pleurx Catheter. You will be glad you did.


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