COPD is a chronic lung condition often brought on by years of exposure to cigarette smoke or other inhaled substances. The condition tends to be progressive and can be made worse with lung infections causing flare-ups or “exacerbations” that often prompt admission to hospital.
By offering an individualized and comprehensive plan to help manage such flare-ups, our Respiratory Services aim to optimize your care and minimize disease progression and in doing so the frequency of future hospital admissions ... read more
A pleural cavity is the space between the two-layered membrane (pleura) that lines the outside of your lung and the inside of your ribcage. Your doctor may remove a sample of fluid from the space between the layers (pleural tap). If a lot of fluid has collected, your doctor will drain the fluid.
A pleural tap (or aspiration) is done to try and find the cause of a pleural effusion, or to remove enough fluid or air to help you to breathe more easily. A pleural (or chest) drain is done to remove a larger volume of fluid or air by inserting a small tube in your pleural space. Occasionally the doctor may have to take a small piece of the pleura (pleural biopsy) ... read more
A TIPC is a specially designed small tube to drain fluid from around your lungs easily and painlessly whenever it is needed. This can stay in the chest cavity for many months and even for years in some cases. It avoids the need for repeated painful injections and insertion / removal of chest tubes every time fluid needs to be drained. The drainage can be performed either by you on your own or with the help of a nurse, whichever is easier for you.
The catheter is a soft flexible tube that is thinner than a pencil, which remains inside the chest and passes out through the skin. There is a valve on the outer end of the tube to prevent fluid leaking out ... read more