Thoracentesis

Thoracentesis is performed to obtain a sample of pleural fluid (from the lungs) to drain large amounts of fluid for therapeutic purposes. The patient usually sits at a table, leaning against it with his or her arms resting on the tabletop. The pleural fluid is located by ultrasound or through percussion.

The test is performed to determine the cause of the fluid accumulation or to relieve the symptoms associated with the fluid accumulation. This test can be performed in our office.

Pulmonology is classified as a subspecialty of Internal Medicine. A pulmonologist is a physician who is trained and acquired specialized knowledge and skill in the diagnosing and treating of lung disorders.
 
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