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NICE has developed medical technology guidance on the PleurX peritoneal catheter drainage system.

NICE medical technologies guidance addresses specific technologies notified to NICE by manufacturers. The ‘case for adoption’ recommendations are based on the claimed advantages of introducing the specific technology compared with current management of the condition. This ‘case’ is reviewed against the evidence submitted and expert advice. If the case for adopting the technology is supported, then the technology has been found to offer advantages to patients and the NHS. The specific recommendations on individual technologies are not intended to limit use of other relevant technologies which may offer similar advantages.

NICE has said that the PleurX peritoneal catheter drainage system can be used to drain ascitic fluid in people whose malignant ascites comes back after treatment. Healthcare teams may want to use it because it works well, may improve patients' quality of life, and can save money compared with carrying out the procedure in hospital.

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