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Thoracentesis: A thoracentesis is a procedure in which fluid is removed from the space (pleura) between the outside lining of the lungs and the chest wall; the amount of pleural fluid is recorded and any possible infectious agents are identified with a culture.

Thoracentesis: Other Names

Other names for Thoracentesis include:

  • Pleural fluid analysis

Symptoms Associated with Thoracentesis

These symptoms may be diagnosed by, screened for, or associated with Thoracentesis:

Diseases Associated with Thoracentesis

These diseases or medical conditions may be diagnosed by, screened for, or associated with Thoracentesis:

Descriptions of Thoracentesis

Thoracentesis: Removal of fluid from the pleural cavity through a needle inserted between the ribs.
Source: National Institute of Health

Basic Information: Thoracentesis

Thoracentesis: Collection of a sample of fluid from the space between the lungs and the chest wall.

Disease or Condition count: 1; see list of conditions below. These are the diseases or medical conditions in which the medical test 'Thoracentesis' may be involved.

Diseases and Conditions that List Thoracentesis as a Diagnostic Test

The following list of conditions have 'Thoracentesis' or similar listed as a medical diagnostic test in our database:


  • Lung cancer ... Thoracentesis

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