Manual of pleural procedures 9780781714761 medicine health science books amazoncom skip to main content try prime books go search en hello sign in account lists sign in account . A guide to performing all currently used diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for pleural disease in 1999 each procedure is described in a format that covers indications contraindications read more. If pleural fluid continues to reaccumulate after several therapeutic thoracenteses pleurodesis injection of an irritating substance into the pleural space which causes obliteration of the space may help prevent recurrence alternatively placement of an indwelling pleural catheter can allow drainage of pleural fluid by patients at home. Pleural disease is common with a rising case frequency many of these patients will be symptomatic and require diagnostic and or therapeutic procedures patients with pleural disease present to a number of different medical specialties and an equally broad range of clinicians are therefore required to have practical knowledge of these procedures. Thoracentesis commonly known as a pleural tap or chest tap is a procedure where excess pleural fluid is drained from the pleural space for diagnostic and or therapeutic reasons ultrasound guided thoracentesis performed by radiologists has been shown to have fewer complications than blind thoracentesis a success rate of up to 90 has been demonstrated after failed blind thoracentesis
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