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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracentesis?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
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In brief: Yes

A doctor will usually want a few simple blood tests to make sure you do not have some potential for bleeding prior to a thoracentesis.
It depends a lot on what medications you are currently taking, especailly blood thinning medications and your general level of health at the time of the thoracentesis. A protime test and a blood count are typical tests to do prior.

In brief: Yes

A doctor will usually want a few simple blood tests to make sure you do not have some potential for bleeding prior to a thoracentesis.
It depends a lot on what medications you are currently taking, especailly blood thinning medications and your general level of health at the time of the thoracentesis. A protime test and a blood count are typical tests to do prior.
Dr. Joseph Roosth
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Dr. Joseph Roosth
I should add it also depends on the urgency of need for the procedure. I a person with life threatening fluid build up in the chest, draining some of the fluid may be more critical than knowing the bleeding risk.
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