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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 ReviewerDavid C. Stuesse, MD - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
Current as ofMarch 25, 2017
Current as of:
March 25, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David C. Stuesse, MD - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
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