When Is a Thoracentesis Procedure Performed? Center

Thoracentesis is a bedside medical procedure used to drain fluid from the space between your chest wall and lungs (the pleural cavity) for analysis. Removing the excess fluid provides relief from the associated symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest discomfort. Conditions for which thoracentesis is used include pleural effusion associated with congestive heart failure, empyema, pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs), cancer, pulmonary hypertension, and pneumonia. Read more: When Is a Thoracentesis Procedure Performed? Article

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