A thoracentesis is a procedure in which a hollow needle is inserted through the skin and between the ribs into the space between the lungs and the wall of the chest (pleural cavity). It is used to drain fluid or air from the chest cavity.
A thoracentesis is done to:
A thoracentesis can be done in a hospital or outpatient clinic.
The risks from a thoracentesis are:
Excess fluid in the pleural space can be caused by:
The doctor will decide whether further tests, procedures, follow-up care or additional treatment is needed.
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