Catheter drainage for pleural effusion (PleurX drainage system)

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A drainage catheter is a soft flexible tube placed into the pleural space around the lung. The tube drains fluid that is compressing the lung and restricting breathing. Learn about the insertion procedure and how to care for the drainage catheter.

Key points

  • A drainage catheter meant for a pleural effusion is a small tube inserted into the pleural space that will drain the fluid that is making your child feel short of breath.
  • The drainage catheter helps children manage recurrent build up of fluid in the pleural space at home.
  • Your child may be given local anaesthesia, sedation or general anaesthesia depending on their age and condition.
Last updated: July 25th 2019