Thoracentesis

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Indications

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Contraindications

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Equipment Needed

  1. Labs
    1. Protein, glucose, LDH, cell count, Gram stain, culture, cytology, ABG (pH), amylase, AFB, India ink,

Procedure

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Complications

  1. pneumothorax
  2. cough (9%)
  3. unilateral pulmonary edema
  4. reexpansion hypotension
  5. transient hypoxia from V-Q mismatch
  6. hemothorax
  7. infection (2%)
  8. hemoperitoneum

See Also

Pleural Effusion

Source

Robert and Hedges, p.145 (130-147)