Samir Makani

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I. Problem/Challenge. Thoracentesis is a percutaneous procedure that uses a needle or small catheter to remove accumulated fluid from the pleural space. Thoracentesis can either be “diagnostic” (~100 mL of fluid removed for analysis) or “therapeutic” (removal of a larger amount of fluid to relieve dyspnea). It is typically performed at the patient’s bedside and…

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