Using the PleurX® System to Drain at Home

Properly drain fluid from pleural effusions or malignant ascites

The PleurX® drainage system is a convenient solution that lets you drain your fluid buildup at home. Using a small catheter and drainage bottles, you can typically complete drainage in approximately five to 15 minutes.

For more information on using PleurX, view our PleurX drainage Directions for Use and reference chart. Please read the entire Directions for Use before draining.


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Risks of the PleurX drainage system


Chest: Potential complications of draining the pleural space include, but may not be limited to, pneumothorax, re-expansion pulmonary edema, hypotension, circulatory collapse and infection. Do not drain more than 1,000 mL of fluid from your chest at any one time.


Abdomen: Potential complications of draining fluid from the abdomen include, but may not be limited to, hypotension, circulatory collapse, electrolyte imbalance, protein depletion, ascites leakage, peritonitis, wound infection and loculations of the peritoneal space. Do not drain more than 2,000 mL of fluid from your abdomen at any one time.