Thoracocentesis : Practical Essentials

Absolute contraindications of thoracocentesis There are no absolute contraindications to diagnostic thoracocentesis. If clinical judgement dictates that the information gained from the pleural fluid analysis may help in diagnosis and therapy, thoracocentesis should be performed. Necessity of an immediate alternative procedure such as open thoracostomy… Read More

Ascitic Paracentesis : Practical Essentials

Absolute contraindications to Ascitic Tapping (Paracentesis) While some authors have claimed ascitic paracentesis to be free from absolute contraindications, others have listed following as absolute contraindications: Clinically evident fibrinolysis Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) Clinically apparent oozing from needle sticks Acute abdomen requiring surgery Relative contraindications… Read More

Chest Tube Insertion or Tube Thoracostomy

Indications of chest tube insertion Pneumothorax: In any ventilated patient (positive airway pressure will force air into the pleural cavity and produce tension pneumothorax) Tension pneumothorax after initial needle thoracocentesis Persistent or Recurrent pneumothorax after simple aspiration Large secondary spontaneous pneumothorax in patients >50 years… Read More