Thoracentesis
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Thoracentesis Usage

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Reasons for Procedure

There is always a small amount of fluid in the pleural space. The fluid helps to lubricate the area. When too much fluid builds up in this space, it can make it difficult to breathe.

Your doctor may want to test some of the fluid after extracting it. The build-up of fluid can be a symptom of diseases or disorders, such as:

  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Lung infections
  • Kidney disease
  • Pulmonary embolism (a blot clot that travels to the lung)
  • Cancer
  • Liver disease
 
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