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What are Southey's tubes?

English physician Reginald Southey, in the 19th century, introduced the use of small tubes to treat severe fluid overload in the lower legs and feet.

Doctors pushed tiny rubber tubes through a patient's skin and then allowed them to drain. The tubes were subsequently named Southey's tubes. One report said the tubes, which were each about an inch long, could remove up to 40 pounds of fluid within two days.

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