ICU Protocols pp 779-783 | Cite as


  • Rajesh Chawla
  • Ashish Jain


Thoracentesis is the aspiration of fluid or air from pleural space. This can be done with or without ultrasound guidance; however, ultrasound guidance is preferred in critically ill patient. Bedside ultrasonography can be used before the procedure to determine the presence and size of pleural effusion, to assess for loculations, and to guide needle placement.


Pleural Effusion Acute Pancreatitis Pleural Fluid Pleural Space Intravenous Cannula 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Respiratory, Critical Care & Sleep MedicineIndraprastha Apollo HospitalsNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Respiratory Medicine & Critical CareIndraprastha Apollo HospitalsNew DelhiIndia

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