Comparison of percutaneous management techniques for recurrent malignant ascites

Stefanie Rosenberg*, Angi Courtney, Albert A. Nemcek, Reed A. Omary

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The Pleurx subcutaneous tunneled catheter is approved for repeated, long-term drainage of malignant pleural effusions; however, there is limited literature describing its use in malignant ascites. The authors compared the safety and efficacy of two percutaneous drainage methods: large volume paracentesis and Pleurx catheter placement over a 41-month period. The Pleurx catheter provided effective palliation with a complication rate similar to that for large volume paracentesis, while preventing the need for frequent trips to the hospital for repeated percutaneous drainage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1129-1131
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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