Pleuraport Impantation In A Cat
A Pleuraport is a new, fully implantable type of chest drain that can be used in any case that would otherwise need repeated thoracic drainage, either for therapeutic or sampling purposes - It can also be used to lavage the thoracic cavity or even administer intra-pleural chemotherapy.
They are implanted under a quick anaesthetic and then can be used without sedation by simply passing a special Huber needle into the access port. They can remain implanted in the patient for as long as needed but are simple to remove if necessary.
These photos show a pleuraport being implanted to help palliate a cat with persistent chylothorax due to heart failure who was getting increasingly stressed with repeated “chest tap” procedures.
A Pleuraport being implanted
Passing a special Huber needle into the access port
Post Pleuraport implant
This procedure was performed by Tim Charlesworth MA VetMB DSAS(ST) MRCVS RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue).
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