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Tunneled pleural and peritoneal catheter insertion is performed as a treatment option for recurrent pleural effusion (pleural fluid) or ascites (fluid in the abdomen). Your pleura is a large, thin sheet of tissue that wraps around the outside of your lungs and lines the inside of your chest cavity. Patients with lung cancer, chylothorax, metastatic, cancers, liver disease, and advanced congestive heart failure are typically candidates for this procedure.
Most patients have reoccurring accumulation of pleural fluid, resulting in breathing issues, chest pain, cough, and the inability to lie flat. Additionally, patients with ascites due to cancer are able to have a tunneled peritoneal catheter placed to relieve their abdomen fullness, pain, and breathing issues.
At UC San Diego Medical Center’s Interventional Pulmonology Unit, the following interventional pulmonologists specialize in performing the tunneled catheter procedure:
All referrals will still have the option of continuing their treatment with their primary care physicians after the tunneled catheter procedure.
For an appointment, for more information, or to find out how to refer a patient, please contact the Interventional Pulmonology Unit, 619-543-5840.
Interventional PulmonologyUC San Diego Medical Center, 3rd Floor, South Wing200 West Arbor DriveSan Diego, CA 619-543-5840
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