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Thoracentesis outcomes: a 12-year experience
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.