Thoracentesis

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Indications

Insert

Contraindications

Insert

Equipment Needed

  1. Labs
    1. Protein, glucose, LDH, gram stain, culture, cell count, amylase, pH, TB, fungal, cytology

Procedure

Insert

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)