Jefferson University Hospitals

PleurX Drainage System

The PleurX® Drainage System is a device that lets you drain fluid from your abdomen or chest at home and on your own schedule — so you can manage fluid buildup from pleural effusions or malignant ascites before it becomes too uncomfortable.

A pleural effusion is when an abnormal amount of fluid is found around the lung, and can be the result of many medical conditions. Ascites is the accumulation of fluid in the abdomen that can come from having liver disease, cancers, congestive heart failure or kidney failure.

In addition to any one-on-one instructions you have received from your doctor or nurse, the video below will also teach you how to take care of the PleurX Drainage System and how to safely drain fluid from your abdomen or chest.

If you have any questions, please contact your Jefferson doctor or nurse.