The risks of thoracentesis usually are minor and get better on their own, or they're easily treated. Your doctor may do a chest x ray after the procedure to check for lung problems.
The risks of thoracentesis include:
Thoracentesis (THOR-a-sen-TE-sis) is a procedure to remove excess fluid in the space between the lungs and the chest wall.read more
Before thoracentesis, your doctor will talk to you about the procedure and how to prepare for it.read more