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Acta Radiol. 2004 Aug;45(5):519-22.

Complications following ultrasound-guided thoracocentesis.

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Department of Radiology, Rikshospitalet University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. georg.mynarek@rikshospitalet.no

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To retrospectively register the number and type of complications following ultrasound-guided thoracocentesis, and to evaluate the need for routine chest X-ray after the procedure.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Complications were retrospectively registered from the radiological and clinical reports of 371 consecutive patients who had undergone thoracocentesis with a total of 711 procedures.

RESULTS:

The mean volume evacuated was 823ml (range 0-3600ml). Twenty (2.8%) pneumothoraces were found after 711 thoracocenteses, but in no case was chest tube drainage necessary. Hemoptysis occurred in one patient.

CONCLUSION:

Ultrasound-guided thoracocentesis was found to be a safe procedure. Based on these results, no reason was found to introduce an upper limit of the amount of fluid drained in one session. Routine follow-up chest X-ray is not justified in the absence of clinical symptoms.

PMID:
15515513
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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