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What is thoracentesis?

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To drain fluid from around the lungs (pleural effusion), a doctor inserts a needle into the chest wall. A plastic catheter is advanced over the needle, which is then removed. The excess pleural fluid is suctioned out of the chest and the catheter is removed and discarded.

From: Interventional Pulmonology WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Kennedy. M.P.  2008; vol 29: pp 453-464. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

Yoneda, K.Y. 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547. Clinical Lung Cancer,

Haas, A.R. 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041. Chest,

Folch, E. 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Kennedy. M.P.  2008; vol 29: pp 453-464. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

Yoneda, K.Y. 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547. Clinical Lung Cancer,

Haas, A.R. 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041. Chest,

Folch, E. 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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