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Doctors, what is the difference between pleural effusion and thoracentesis?

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Dr. Robert Fietsam
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Dx vs. treatment

a pleural effusion in fluid within the chest space, usually, outside of the lung itself.
a thoracentesis is a procedure where a needle is passed through the chest wall, into the fluid, and then drains the fluid out of the chest space. Sometimes, this procedure can cause a collapsed lung.

In brief: Dx vs. treatment

a pleural effusion in fluid within the chest space, usually, outside of the lung itself.
a thoracentesis is a procedure where a needle is passed through the chest wall, into the fluid, and then drains the fluid out of the chest space. Sometimes, this procedure can cause a collapsed lung.
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