What Is a Thoracentesis Procedure?
What You Need to Know About Thoracentesis
Our lungs are responsible for vital functions — like oxygenating our blood. But the organs are delicate. Some medical conditions cause fluid to accumulate around the lungs, hindering normal breathing. Eliminating this fluid is necessary for survival. Doctors can remove excess fluid through thoracentesis. Let's dive deeper into thoracentesis. We'll discuss the benefits, risks and how to prepare for the procedure. What Is Thoracentesis? Thoracentesis is a medical procedure to remove excess fluid from the pleural space. The pleura is a thin layer of tissue that lines your lungs and walls of your inner chest. A small amount of fluid between these two layers (pleural space) helps them move smoothly past each other as your lungs expand and contract during breathing. However, conditions like
Dayton Respiratory Center
Jan 06 2023
6 mins read