Comparison of percutaneous management techniques for recurrent malignant ascites

J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2004 Oct;15(10):1129-31. doi: 10.1097/01.RVI.0000136828.42612.B4.


The Pleurx subcutaneous tunneled catheter is approved for repeated, long-term drainage of malignant pleural effusions; however, there is limited literature describing its use in malignant ascites. The authors compared the safety and efficacy of two percutaneous drainage methods: large volume paracentesis and Pleurx catheter placement over a 41-month period. The Pleurx catheter provided effective palliation with a complication rate similar to that for large volume paracentesis, while preventing the need for frequent trips to the hospital for repeated percutaneous drainage.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Ascites / therapy*
  • Catheterization / methods*
  • Drainage / instrumentation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Paracentesis / instrumentation*
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome