Your doctor will send the fluid removed during thoracentesis for testing. The fluid will be checked for signs of heart failure, infection, cancer, or other conditions that may cause a pleural effusion (the buildup of fluid between the lungs and chest wall).
Once the cause of the pleural effusion is known, your doctor will talk to you about a treatment plan. For example, if an infection is the cause, you may need antibiotics to fight the infection. If the cause is heart failure, you'll be treated for that condition.
Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. To find clinical trials that are currently underway for Thoracentesis, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
November 20, 2013
Gary H. Gibbons
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