Thoracentesis and pleural biopsy

Thoracentesis is the method of choice for obtaining samples of pleural fluid. Although it is considered a minimum invasive procedure, it is crucial to follow a standardized technique with the purpose of optimizing the chance of diagnosis and minimizing risks. The pleura biopsy may enlarge and complement the chance of diagnosis of the pleural diseases and is indicated in selected cases.

Thoracotomy; Thoracotomy; Radiography, thoracic; Pleura; Biopsy, needle

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