A local anesthetic will be used. It will numb the area where the needle will be inserted.
Description of the Procedure
You will sit upright on the edge of a bed or chair. Your arms will be resting on a nearby table. A needle or thin plastic catheter will be inserted between the ribs. An ultrasound or CT scan may be used to guide the needle and monitor the fluid. The needle or catheter is then passed into the pleural space. Some or most of the fluid will be drawn into the syringe. The needle or catheter will be removed. A bandage will be placed over the site.
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