Complications of therapeutic thoracentesis with respect to time

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Author Details : T.V. Uday Krishna, V Venkateswara Rao*, Syed Umer Ahmed, B Vishwanath

Volume : 6, Issue : 1, Year : 2021

Article Page : 40-43

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Background : Thoracentesis can be done for both therapeutic and diagnostic purposes, with the objective of symptomatic relief and improve of quality of life due to dyspnoea. The underlying mechanism for symptom relief following thoracentesis is multifactorial but principally includes progress in respiratory muscle mechanics with a smaller effect from progress in lung volumes and pulmonary function.
Materials and Methods: This is prospective and randomized study was carried out on 90 patients who were admitted to the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Nizamabad during the period of February 2020 to October 2020. Inclusion Criteria: The patients with chest Xray features suggestive of pleural effusion and undergoing therapeutic thoracentesis.
Exclusion Criteria: Patients known to have loculated effusion on ultrasonography and having bleeding diathesis were excluded
from the study.
Conclusions : Most complication of thoracentesis is unprecedented. Clinician consciousness of risk factors for procedural complexities and experience with techniques that improve results are fundamental segments for carefully performing thoracentesis.

Keywords: Pneumothorax, Pulmonary oedema, Thoracentesis..

How to cite : Krishna T U, Rao V V, Ahmed S U, Vishwanath B , Complications of therapeutic thoracentesis with respect to time. IP Indian J Immunol Respir Med 2021;6(1):40-43

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