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Address: 745 Poplar Road
Newnan, Georgia 30265
Telephone: (404) 220-9388
Fax: (888) 335-1135

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PleurX Catheter Placement for Ascites of Pleural Effusion

Ascites is an excess amount of fluid that builds up in the abdomen.  A pleural effusion is excess fluid that accumulates around the lung.  Often, this fluid can simply be removed with an ultrasound guided paracentesis or thoracentesis.  If the fluid build up is recurrent, however, it may be time to place an indwelling catheter to allow fluid to be removed more frequently in the home or hospice setting.  One brand name of catheter is PleurX, which is a long, flexible catheter. One end of the catheter is placed into the fluid collection. The other end exits the skin surface after tunnelling under the skin for a short distance.  When fluid needs to be removed, the exposed surface is attached to a drainage bottle and withdrawn.  Placing a PleurX catheter is generally very safe.  Moderate sedation is often used to make the patient comfortable during the procedure.  Do inform your physician if you are on blood thinners, as these may need to be discontinued prior to the procedure.  To learn more about PleurX, visit their website at http://www.carefusion.com

Our Locations

Piedmont Newnan

745 Poplar Road
Newnan, GA 30265

Scheduling: 770-400-4040
Piedmont Fayette

1255 Highway 54 West
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Scheduling: 770-719-7007
Women's Imaging Center
at Piedmont Fayette Hospital
1279 Highway 54 West
Suite 120
Fayetteville, GA 30214 Scheduling: 770-719-7007
Outpatient Center

1755 Highway 34 East
Suite 1200
Newnan, GA 30265 Scheduling: 770-400-4040
Piedmont Newnan
Breast Health Center

775 Poplar Road
Suite 110
Newnan, GA 30265 Scheduling: 770-400-4040