Thoracentesis

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Indications

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Contraindications

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Equipment Needed

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Procedure

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Complications

-pneumothorax

-cough (9%)

-unilateral pulmonary edema

-reexpansion hypotension

-transient hypoxia from V-Q mismatch

-hemothorax

-infection (2%)

-hemoperitoneum


See Also

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Source

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