Symptomatic Fluid Drainage: Tunneled Peritoneal and Pleural Catheters

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Abstract

Malignant ascites and pleural effusion are significant contributors to patient symptoms such as shortness of breath, abdominal distension, and nausea in the setting of cancer. There are numerous methods employed to control such symptoms such as serial drainages, pleurodesis, and tunneled drainage catheters. Tunneled drainage catheters are a safe, effective, and a minimally invasive procedure to palliate the symptoms of malignant ascites and pleural effusion.

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