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Thoracentesis outcomes: a 12-year experience

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Mark J Ault, Bradley T Rosen, Jordan Scher, Joe Feinglass, Jeffrey H Barsuk

The authors performed a single center review to assess outcomes of thoracentesis for inpatients.  For 9,320 thoracenteses in 4,618 patients the incidence of adverse outcomes was quite low: pneumothorax 0.6%, reexpansion pulmonary edema 0.01%, and bleeding 0.2%.  Current guidelines may not be aligned with outcomes of expert clinical practice.

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