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Thoracocentesis and CT needle biopsy the same thing?

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Dr. Harry Zegel
Radiology
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Thoracocentesis is the procedure where a needle is used to “draw off / sample” fluid from the chest pleural space – for either diagnostic (fluid sent for cytology, culture, etc.
) or therapeutic purposes (too much fluid causing compression). Ct biopsy is the procedure where a needle actually biopsies a specific organ to evaluate the target tissue.

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Thoracocentesis is the procedure where a needle is used to “draw off / sample” fluid from the chest pleural space – for either diagnostic (fluid sent for cytology, culture, etc.
) or therapeutic purposes (too much fluid causing compression). Ct biopsy is the procedure where a needle actually biopsies a specific organ to evaluate the target tissue.
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