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Is there a procedure that can remove the fluid around my lungs without requiring general anesthesia?
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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Yes
Thoracentesis, as it is known, involves placing a needle into "pleural space" under local anesthesia and with drawing fluid by a syringe or allowing passive drainage.
Certain 'rapidly accumulating" effusions may require hospitalization and placement of a chest tube.

In brief: Yes
Thoracentesis, as it is known, involves placing a needle into "pleural space" under local anesthesia and with drawing fluid by a syringe or allowing passive drainage.
Certain 'rapidly accumulating" effusions may require hospitalization and placement of a chest tube.
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: Yes
This procedure ( a thoracentesis) can be done with local anesthesia possibly mixed with a mild sedative.
If there is a specific reason for the fluid build up, such as a chylothorax, then a more invasive procedure might have to be done under general anesthesia.

In brief: Yes
This procedure ( a thoracentesis) can be done with local anesthesia possibly mixed with a mild sedative.
If there is a specific reason for the fluid build up, such as a chylothorax, then a more invasive procedure might have to be done under general anesthesia.
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
In brief: Thoracentesis
This is where a needle is placed in effusion and fluid aspirated out.
Chest tube can also be used. Can also use pleurx drain for home palliative use. All can be can be done under local anesthesia. Best treatment is to resolve underlying cause, if possible.

In brief: Thoracentesis
This is where a needle is placed in effusion and fluid aspirated out.
Chest tube can also be used. Can also use pleurx drain for home palliative use. All can be can be done under local anesthesia. Best treatment is to resolve underlying cause, if possible.
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