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About Pleural Dynamics

     Pleural Dynamics, Inc. is an early stage, medical device start-up developing best in class solutions for the management of chronic, recurrent fluid collections within the body such as recurrent pleural effusions and refractory ascites.  Pleural Dynamics was founded in 2020 by an experienced Medical & Engineering tandem who have spent the last 25+ years addressing unmet clinical needs through medical practice and novel device introduction.

     Pleural effusion is a build-up of excess fluid between the lung and chest wall that compresses the lung and weighs on the diaphragm, often causing debilitating shortness of breath, irritating cough, and poor quality of life, and is associated with a shortened life expectancy.  Recurrent pleural effusions are persistent and reaccumulate after simple drainage.  They affect 660,000* people in the US and Europe each and every year and are typically the result of metastatic cancer and severe heart failure.

 

     Ascites is a build-up of excess fluid within the abdomen that often produces massive abdominal swelling that in turn causes horrible discomfort and shortness of breath and decreased quality of life.  Refractory ascites are persistent and reaccumulate after simple drainage.  They affect 170,000* people in the US and Europe each and every year and are typically the result of cirrhosis of the liver and metastatic cancer.

[*] Based on literature review and analysis on file at Pleural Dynamics.

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