Safely and efficiently relieve pressure and remove fluid from around your lungs by an image-guided thoracentesis.
What Is a Thoracentesis?
A thoracentesis is a procedure to remove fluid from around the lungs. First, our team will use an ultrasound to confirm the presence of fluid and locate a safe and adequate location for needle placement. After local anesthetic is applied, a needle is then put through the chest wall between the ribs and into the pleural space. Following this, the needle may be exchanged for a catheter. The fluid is then drained into a collection chamber either by manually filling and emptying a syringe or by connecting the catheter to a vacuum sealed bottle. Fluid samples are then sent to the lab for analysis to test for:
- Other conditions including congestive heart failure, liver failure, blood clots and autoimmune disorders