biopsy may be done at the same time as a thoracentesis
to collect a sample of tissue from the inner lining of the chest
Thoracentesis may be done before another procedure called
pleurodesis. During this procedure, a chemical or medicine (talc or
doxycycline) is put into the pleural space, which triggers an inflammatory
reaction over the surface of the lung and inside the pleural space. This in
turn causes the layer of pleura attached to the lung to stick to the layer of
pleura on the inside of the chest wall. This takes away the space between the
pleura and prevents or reduces the collection of more pleural fluid.
Pleurodesis may be done when fluid collects in the chest more than one
time and the reason for the fluid buildup cannot be corrected.
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Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis:
Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009).
Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology