Pulmonary Services

Tunneled Pleural Catheter Placement/Removal

Tunneled Pleural Catheter Placement/Removal A tunneled pleural drainage catheter is a thin plastic chest tube that is placed into the pleural space by tunneling it (placing it) under the skin of your chest. Tunneled Pleural Catheter Placement/RemovalThis catheter is a treatment option for removing continual accumulations of fluid within the pleural space due to conditions …

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Thoracentesis

Thoracentesis Thoracentesis is a procedure to remove excess fluid in the space between the lungs and the chest wall. This space is called the pleural space. Normally, the pleural space is filled with a small amount of fluid—about 4 teaspoons full. Some conditions—such as heart failure, lung infections, and tumors—can cause more fluid to build up. …

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Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement/Removal

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement/Removal In an inferior vena cava filter placement procedure, interventional radiologists use image guidance to place a filter in the inferior vena cava (IVC), the large vein in the abdomen that returns blood from the lower body to the heart.  The most common approach is to gain access to the jugular vein …

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