How to drain at home with the PleurX® system

Properly drain fluid from pleural effusions or malignant ascites

The PleurX® drainage system conveniently 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 the PleurX system, view our PleurX directions for use and reference chart. Please read all of the directions for use before draining.

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Watch the video above to learn more about draining fluid using the PleurX system.

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.

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