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Does everyone with pleurisy have to have thoracentesis to find a cause?
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Pleurisy, no
But pleural effusions usually should be investigated by a thoracentesis unless the cause is obviously heart failure.
Even then, an initial thoracentesis should be done to confirm the cause. If you argue that not all effusions require a thoracentesis, then i need to know if you'll defend me if/when i get sued for missing an empyema or mesothelioma.

In brief: Pleurisy, no
But pleural effusions usually should be investigated by a thoracentesis unless the cause is obviously heart failure.
Even then, an initial thoracentesis should be done to confirm the cause. If you argue that not all effusions require a thoracentesis, then i need to know if you'll defend me if/when i get sued for missing an empyema or mesothelioma.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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