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To what extent does a thoracentesis procedure cost?

To what extent does a thoracentesis procedure cost?

Varies: that's actually a very complicated question to answer due to lack of price transparency in healthcare. it differs based on your insurance status, level of thoracentesis (image guided, need for pigtail, etc.). CMS reimburses physicians about $50 - $100 for each of these, but you may get billed for much more ($200-$400) depending on insurance (+ facility fee) ...Read more

Dr. David Dang
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Thoracentesis (Definition)

When a patient has fluid around the lungs, sometimes we need to find out what caused it, other times we want to remove the fluid so the patient can breath easier. It takes place under sterile conditions by placing a needle into the chest wall from the back and connecting the needle with a catheter to a suction bottle which collects the fluid. Fluid is ...Read more


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If you have thoracentesis done, what signs will show you that it was an effective procedure?

If you have thoracentesis done, what signs will show you that it was an effective procedure?

Chest x-ray: No fluid (or less fluid) on chest x-ray and no sign of pneumothorax (punctured lung.). ...Read more

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Why would a dr not do an thoracentesis when the patient could have had the INR increased via vitamin K and then the procedure could be performed.

Why would a dr not do an thoracentesis when the patient could have had the INR increased via
vitamin K and then the procedure could be performed.

Depends : you probably mean decrease INR with vitamin k. So without knowing details at all, I would say that it probably depends upon how urgent it is. Maybe they want the INR to drift down on it's own and then try. You can certainly discuss this more ...Read more

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How does a doctor perform a thoracentesis? Is it the same thing as needle aspiration? My father might have lung cancer and was told that he would likely need a thoracentesis. I'd like to know some more about the procedure so i know what to expect when i g

How does a doctor perform a thoracentesis? Is it the same thing as needle aspiration? My father might have lung cancer and was told that he would likely need a thoracentesis. I'd like to know some more about the procedure so i know what to expect when i g

Thoracentesis: Thoracentesis is a procedure that allows removal of fluid from the pleural space (the space between the lungs and the rib cage). Normally there should be little or no fluid there. If fluid does accumulate a physician can insert a needle between the ribs (under local anesthesia) and drain some or all of the fluid. The fluid can then be tested to see what caused its accumulation. ...Read more

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What's a thoracentesis?

What's a thoracentesis?

Fluid drain fm chest: When there is fluid between the chest wall and the lung, it may be drained for diagnostic of therapeutic purposes using a needle and an evacuated jar. ...Read more

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Can thoracentesis be perfomed on a person easily?

Can thoracentesis be perfomed on a person easily?

Yes: This is usually done with a little local anesthesia +/- a very little sedation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thoracentesis?

Remove pleural fluid: When a patient has fluid around the lungs, sometimes we need to find out what caused it, other times we want to remove the fluid so the patient can breath easier. It takes place under sterile conditions by placing a needle into the chest wall from the back and connecting the needle with a catheter to a suction bottle which collects the fluid. Fluid is then sent for testing. ...Read more

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How come after my thoracentesis was done I woke up with pain?

Depends: There are a number of potential complications assoc w/ a thoracentesis. That being said, most of the time the procedure is safe. It is not unusual for patients to experience pain related to the needle placement through the plueral suface which is just outside the lung. Please check with your doctor that nothing more serious is going on, particularly if you have difficult breathing. ...Read more

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Can thoracentesis cause pneumonia?

Can thoracentesis cause pneumonia?

Unlikely: That is very unlikely. A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) is the most common complication. ...Read more

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Does everyone with pleurisy have thoracentesis?

Does everyone with pleurisy have thoracentesis?

Not necessarily: Only when large collection of fluid accumulates. ...Read more