is a medical procedure used to remove excess fluid from the space between the lungs and the chest wall (pleural space). This excess fluid, called pleural effusion, can accumulate due to a variety of conditions such as heart failure, pneumonia, cancer, or kidney disease, and can cause difficulty breathing and chest pain.
A tiny needle or catheter is placed during the procedure through the chest wall and into the pleural space under the guidance of imaging, such as an ultrasound or CT scan. The extra fluid is then removed into a collecting bag or syringe for testing and/or to alleviate discomfort.
Thoracentesis is commonly carried out as an outpatient procedure, and it usually takes under an hour to finish. While there is a slight chance of consequences including bleeding, infection, or lung puncture, it is normally a safe and well-tolerated surgery. About the potential dangers and advantages of thoracentesis, your healthcare practitioner can give you further details based on your particular circumstances.