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Indwelling pleural catheter

What is an indwelling pleural catheter?

An indwelling pleural catheter is a small tube specially designed to drain fluid from around the lungs. This type of catheter is a soft, flexible tube with a diameter similar to a pencil.

The indwelling pleural catheter is placed inside the chest cavity in such a way that one end remains inside the chest and the other leads outside the body for drainage. The catheter does not limit patient activity.

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