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==Indications==
 
==Indications==
#New-onset pleural effusion (except obvious CHF-induced effusion)
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*New-onset pleural effusion (except obvious [[CHF]]-induced effusion)
#Symptomatic pleural effusion
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*Symptomatic pleural effusion
  
==Relative Contraindications==
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==Contraindications==
#Plt <50K
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{{Thoracentesis with coagulopathy}}
#INR >2x normal
 
#Mechanical ventilation
 
 
 
See also [[Procedures in Patients with Coagulopathies]]
 
  
 
==Equipment Needed==
 
==Equipment Needed==
#Thoracentesis kit
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*Thoracentesis kit
#Sterile gloves
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*Sterile gloves
#Chlorhexidine scrub
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*Chlorhexidine or betadine scrub
#Evacuated container
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*Evacuated container
#Ultrasound
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*[[Ultrasound]]
<br />
 
#Labs
 
##Protein, gluc, LDH, gram stain, culture (blood cx bottle), cell count, amylase, pH, TB (adenosine deaminase), fungal, cytology
 
##Send serum LDH, protein at same time
 
  
 
==Procedure==
 
==Procedure==
#Choose insertion site/positioning
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[[File:Gray530.png|thumb|Left pleura cavity (viewed from left) showing intercostal bundles (vein, artery, and nerve) under ribs.]]
##Upright position in mid-scapular or posterior axillary line (usual technique)
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*Choose insertion site/positioning
##Lateral decubitus position w/ fluid side down in post axillary line (if cannot sit up)
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**Upright position in mid-scapular or posterior axillary line (usual technique)
##Supine w/ head elevated as much as possible in midaxillary line (chest tube location)
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**Lateral decubitus position with fluid side down in post axillary line (if cannot sit up)
#Prep skin
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**Supine with head elevated as much as possible in midaxillary line (chest tube location)
#Anesthetize skin
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*Cleanse skin with chlorhexidine or betadine
##Raise wheal and advance/inject along superior aspect of lower rib (avoid NV bundle)
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*Anesthetize skin and subcutaneous tissue - raise wheal and advance/inject along superior aspect of lower rib (avoid NV bundle)
#Puncture skin w/ scalpel (optional)
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*Make small skin nick with scalpel
#Insert/advance catheter while continuously aspirating until pleural space is entered
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*Insert/advance needle while continuously aspirating until pleural space is entered
#Drain fluid
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*Advance catheter into pleural space while removing needle
#Post-procedure CXR only necessary if:
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*Connect tubing to catheter and to evacuated container and remove desired amount of fluid
##Multiple needle passes required
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##Air is aspirated
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*Obtain post-procedure CXRif:
##Risk of adhesions
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**Multiple needle passes required
##New-onset of symptoms during the procedure (chest pain, dyspnea)
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**Air is aspirated
##pts at high risk for decompensation from small ptx (lung dz, on ventilator)
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**Risk of adhesions
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**New-onset of symptoms during the procedure (chest pain, dyspnea)
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**Patient at high risk for decompensation from small pneumothorax (lung disease, positive pressure ventilation)
  
 
==Complications==
 
==Complications==
#Pneumothorax (4-19%)
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''Ultrasound-guidance significantly reduces complication rates''<ref>Mercaldi CJ, Lanes SF. Ultrasound guidance decreases complications and improves the cost of care among patients undergoing thoracentesis and paracentesis. Chest. 2013;143(2):532-538. doi:10.1378/chest.12-0447</ref> video<ref>5 Minute Sono – Thoracentesis https://www.coreultrasound.com/5ms-thora/</ref>
#Cough (9%)
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*[[Pneumothorax]] (4-19%)
#Infection (2%)
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*Cough (9%)
#Hemothorax
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*Infection (2%)
#Splenic rupture
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*[[Hemothorax]]
#Reexpansion pulmonary edema
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*[[Splenic injury]]
##Dyspnea, tachypnea, cough, frothy sputum
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*[[Diaphragmatic injury]]
##Tx with aggressive volume resuscitation
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*[[Hepatic injury]]
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*[[Vascular injury]]/bleeding
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*[[Air embolism]]
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*Reexpansion [[pulmonary edema]]
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**Treatment should include supportive care with [[noninvasive ventilation]] as needed
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**Diuresis is not a primary treatment for reexpansion pulmonary edema
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
 
[[Pleural Effusion]]
 
[[Pleural Effusion]]
  
==Source==
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==References==
*Robert and Hedges
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<references/>
*Tintinalli
 
  
 
[[Category:Procedures]]
 
[[Category:Procedures]]
[[Category:Pulm]]
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[[Category:Pulmonary]]

Latest revision as of 19:55, 8 April 2021

Indications

  • New-onset pleural effusion (except obvious CHF-induced effusion)
  • Symptomatic pleural effusion

Contraindications

Thoracentesis if coagulopathic

  • Platelets <50K[1]
  • INR >2x normal[1]
  • Mechanical ventilation

Equipment Needed

  • Thoracentesis kit
  • Sterile gloves
  • Chlorhexidine or betadine scrub
  • Evacuated container
  • Ultrasound

Procedure

Left pleura cavity (viewed from left) showing intercostal bundles (vein, artery, and nerve) under ribs.
  • Choose insertion site/positioning
    • Upright position in mid-scapular or posterior axillary line (usual technique)
    • Lateral decubitus position with fluid side down in post axillary line (if cannot sit up)
    • Supine with head elevated as much as possible in midaxillary line (chest tube location)
  • Cleanse skin with chlorhexidine or betadine
  • Anesthetize skin and subcutaneous tissue - raise wheal and advance/inject along superior aspect of lower rib (avoid NV bundle)
  • Make small skin nick with scalpel
  • Insert/advance needle while continuously aspirating until pleural space is entered
  • Advance catheter into pleural space while removing needle
  • Connect tubing to catheter and to evacuated container and remove desired amount of fluid
  • Obtain post-procedure CXRif:
    • Multiple needle passes required
    • Air is aspirated
    • Risk of adhesions
    • New-onset of symptoms during the procedure (chest pain, dyspnea)
    • Patient at high risk for decompensation from small pneumothorax (lung disease, positive pressure ventilation)

Complications

Ultrasound-guidance significantly reduces complication rates[2] video[3]

See Also

Pleural Effusion

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 McVay P. et al. Lack of increased bleeding after paracentesis and thoracentesis in patients with mild coagulation abnormalities. Transfusion. 1991 Feb;31(2):164-71
  2. Mercaldi CJ, Lanes SF. Ultrasound guidance decreases complications and improves the cost of care among patients undergoing thoracentesis and paracentesis. Chest. 2013;143(2):532-538. doi:10.1378/chest.12-0447
  3. 5 Minute Sono – Thoracentesis https://www.coreultrasound.com/5ms-thora/