1 Recommendations

1 Recommendations

1.1 The case for adopting the PleurX peritoneal catheter drainage system in the NHS is supported by the evidence. The available clinical evidence suggests that the PleurX peritoneal catheter drainage system is clinically effective, has a low complication rate and has the potential to improve quality of life: it enables early and frequent treatment of symptoms of ascites, in the community, rather than waiting for inpatient treatment.

1.2 The PleurX peritoneal catheter drainage system should be considered for use in patients with treatment-resistant, recurrent malignant ascites.

1.3 The PleurX peritoneal catheter drainage system is associated with an estimated cost saving of £1,051 per patient when compared with inpatient large-volume paracentesis [2018].

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)