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Submitted: 26 August 2011 Modified: 22 January 2019
HERDIN Record #: PCHRD08261101083696

Incidence of pneumothorax after thoracentesis and factors associated with its occurrence.

Kenneth S. Estrellado,
Mark Anthony S. Sandoval,
Camilo G. Te Jr.,
Nathalie B. Cabrera

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Methodology: This observational study covered the period July 2005 ???? July 2006. We included patients 18 years old and above who underwent thoracentesis for a pleural effusion documented by an upright chest radiograph. The primary outcome was the occurrence of pneumothorax after thoracentesis. Data on potential patient-related and procedure-related risk factors for pneumothorax were also collected. Results: Fifty-seven patients with pleural effusion were included and they underwent a total of 62 thoracenteses. There were 3 incidents of pneumothorax, with a rate of 4.8% (Binomial exact 95% CI 1.0 - 13.5%). No associations can be made between patient-related and procedure-related risk factors and the occurrence of pneumothorax after thoracentesis because of the very small number of episodes of pneumothorax in this study. Conclusion: Thoracentesis is a low-risk procedure performed in a patient with pleural effusion, either for diagnostic or therapeutic indications or both.

Publication Type
Journal
Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
Title
Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine
Frequency
Bimonthly
Publication Date
March-April 2009
Volume
47
Issue
2
Page(s)
77-81
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