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Doctor insights on: Thoracentesis Complications

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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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What are the risks associated with epidural anesthesia misplacement/ dural puncture?

What are the risks associated with epidural anesthesia misplacement/ dural puncture?

The risks of epidura: Placed incorrectly include headache, high spinal, intravascular injection, and non-functional epidural. Your anesthesiologist will test the catheter and watch it set up. Most of these concerns will be eliminated at that time. ...Read more

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How long does anesthesia complications associated with C-section complications last?

Need more info: Do you currently have a complication? Although complications are rare, there are many possibilities. A headache from the placement of the epidural; a reaction to one of the meds used-and there are varying reactions/side effects. Numbness in the legs from positioning or from a nerve that was injured during the anesthetic. And then there are the complications from the surgery. ...Read more

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What risks and complications are associated with a paracentesis?

What risks and complications are associated with a paracentesis?

Paracentesis Risks: In experienced hands paracentesis is a safe procedure. The most common risks are infection and excessive bleeding. There is also the possibility of the fluid reaccumulating and requiring additional treatments. ...Read more

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What are hydrocele surgery complications?

What are hydrocele surgery complications?

See below: In an adult, the complications of hydrocele surgery consist of infection, bleeding with hematoma formation and recurrence of the problem. The reported risk of these complications collectively is under 3%. ...Read more

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Can a percutaneous liver biopsy cause bilateral pleural effusions and ascites?

Can a percutaneous liver biopsy cause bilateral pleural effusions and ascites?

Not likely: Most likely the liver condition that you suffer from is at the root of your pleural effusions and ascites. A paracentesis- an abdominal tap or a thoracentesis, a pleural tap might help in better understanding their etiology. ...Read more

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What risks and complications are associated with a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

What risks and complications are associated with a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Long list, rare occ: The list of risks I give my patients usually makes them concerned, but they feel better after I explain to them that the risk of any of these things happening is only about 5%, and that is usually infection. But all of these risks have happened to someone in the past. 1. Infection 2. Bleeding 3. Pancreatitis 4. Retained stone 5. Bile duct injury 6. Bowel injury 7. Need for another procedure. ...Read more

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Could silent aspiration during general anaesthesia cause bronchopneumonia and mortality?

Could silent aspiration during general anaesthesia cause bronchopneumonia and mortality?

Maybe, but: Probably not. An undetected aspiration is unlikely to have serious pulmonary consequences and even less likely to cause death. If you are experiencing this complication, you will have more data with which to base a judgement, like x-rays and blood gases. Discuss these findings with your doctor. ...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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How serious are spinal tap complications?

How serious are spinal tap complications?

Spinal Tap: Most common is headache & nausea, serious complications are extremely rare such as bleeding or infection or CSF leak. ...Read more

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Waht are the complications of an inadvertent dural puncture with epidural anesthesia?

Waht are the complications of an inadvertent dural puncture with epidural anesthesia?

Level?: Most frequent complication is spinal headache which can be treated with epidural blood patch. If the epidural placement is above lumbar level, although very low risk, spinal cord can be penetrated, which can cause neuro deficit. If epidural catheter placed and migrates to spinal space severe hypotension or complete spinal can occur and it can require control of the airway until spinal wears off. ...Read more

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What are potential complications or risks following a heart bypass surgery?

What are potential complications or risks following a heart bypass surgery?

It's complicated: Heart surgery is risky - there are risks of stroke, heart attack, liver failure, kidney failure, infection, bleeding, even death. However, for some patients, depending on their individual medical condition and heart blood vessel anatomy, having heart surgery is less risky than not having heart surgery. Many many studies have been devoted to trying to identify who these patients are. ...Read more

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Who is minimally invasive heart surgery performed on?

Who is minimally invasive heart surgery performed on?

Depends : Test would be done to determine if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgery. Some deciding factors may include medical history, age, type of heart disease and lifestyle. Generally, someone who has had heart surgery prior would not be a candidate. Some surgeries include ASD and PFO repairs, removal of tumors, valve, bypass and a-fib surgeries. ...Read more

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What are post whipple surgery complications?

What are post whipple surgery complications?

Whipple type: Pancreatectomy, or radical pancreatico-duodenectomy) is an extensive operation. Besides infection, hemorrhage, and possible injury to adjacent organs (there are many organs and vital structures adjacent to duodenum and pancreas), some complications include pancreatic fistula, intestinal obstruction, liver failure, diabetes, malabsorption, progression of malignancy, and even perioperative death. ...Read more

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Does minimal-access aortic valve replacement reduce the incidence of postoperative complications?

Does minimal-access aortic valve replacement reduce the incidence of postoperative complications?

Not proven (yet): Minimally-invasive heart surgery, including for aortic valve replacement, has not been proven to reduce postoperative complications in randomized studies of both approaches. The one important exception is postoperative pain and immobility; the minimally-invasive approach allows patients, on average, to be pain-free sooner, and become active and return to work, quicker. ...Read more

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What are gallbladder surgery complications?

What are gallbladder surgery complications?

Many but rare: Pain, bleeding, infections, bile duct injury, bile leak, retained stones in the abdomen or in the bile ducts, injury to the intestine, injury to the liver, post cholecystectomy syndrome. ...Read more

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What complications are associated with Chiari surgery?

What complications are associated with Chiari surgery?

Since you have : multiple questions about Chiari malformation, I assume Type 1, Here are 2 very useful links: www.conquerchiari.org/education/chiari-faqs.html & www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chiari/detail_chiari.htm. Both sites give information & resources. Kids in my practice who have had decompression by microsurgical endoscopic surgery performed by skilled pediatric neurosurgeons have been home 2 days post-op. ...Read more

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Complications from kidney stone operation stent?

Complications from kidney stone operation stent?

Burn with urination: The stent usually causes some urinary frequency and urgency. Once the stent is removed, these symptoms quickly resolve. ...Read more

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Are ovarian cysts possible complications after laparoscopic appendectomy?

Are ovarian cysts possible complications after laparoscopic appendectomy?

No: Removal of the appendix does not cause cystic disease if the ovaries, which is very common, and may even come and go over time. ...Read more