Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine Associates

Riverdale Office: 770-996-6699

Stockbridge Office: 770-506-0434
Stockbridge Sleep Center: 770-515-2044

Fayetteville Office: 770-692-9501
Fayetteville Sleep Center: 770-692-9501


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.

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Three Convenient South Atlanta Offices

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Associates serves patients in the Southern Crescent of metro Atlanta. Patients are able to see our physicians in one of our three convenient office locations serving Fayette, Henry, Spalding, and Clayton counties.