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In thoracentesis, the doctor
removes fluid from the space between the lungs and the chest wall (the pleural
cavity). The doctor inserts a needle (and sometimes a plastic catheter) through
the chest wall to remove and examine the fluid.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
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