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Malignant pleural effusion clinic

The MPE clinic offers dyspnea management, support and counselling for patients with malignant pleural effusion. The MPE clinical team includes a Respirologist and a registered nurse.

The PleurX catheter is indicated for the palliation of malignant pleural effusion. Home Care nurses will conduct regular assessments of the patient, and conduct intermittent drainage of pleural fluid as necessary in the home. The PleurX catheter is a one way valve indwelling silicone catheter for intermittent fluid drainage. This catheter has been reported to be highly effective with low risk of complications in the palliative treatment of malignant pleural effusion.

Referral criteria for the clinic:

  • Documented pleural effusion (CT or X-Ray)

  • Documented cancer diagnosis

Please click here to download the MPE referral form.


Please fax all completed referral forms for the MPE clinic to 519-749-4385.

For any appointment related concerns, please contact 519-749-4300 x6962.

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