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What To Expect Before Thoracentesis

Before thoracentesis, your doctor will talk to you about the procedure and how to prepare for it. Tell your doctor:

  • Whether you're taking any medicines and which ones you're taking
  • About any previous bleeding problems you've had
  • Whether you have allergies to medicines or latex

No special preparations are needed before thoracentesis.

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Last Updated: February 24, 2012