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(ˌθɔːrəsɛnˈtiːsɪs) or


(Medicine) med the surgical puncture of the pleural cavity using a hollow needle, in order to withdraw fluid, drain blood, etc. Also called: pleurocentesis
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Noun1.thoracentesis - removal of fluid from the chest by centesis for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
centesis - (surgery) the act of puncturing a body cavity or organ with a hollow needle in order to draw out fluid


n. toracentesis, punción y drenaje quirúrgicos de la cavidad torácica.


n (pl -ses) toracocentesis f
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After reversal of his anticoagulation, a thoracentesis was performed; 1,200 ml of chocolate milky fluid was obtained.
New medical procedure modules include Arthrocentesis, Line Insertion - Central Venous, Lumbar Puncture, Paracentesis, and Thoracentesis.
After an unsuccessful attempt to perform a thoracentesis, the patient was begun on IV furosemide 40 mg/d and oral spironolactone at 25 mg.
At introduction, the S-ICU ultrasound tool offers a complement of phased, curved and linear array transducers to enable abdominal, cardiac and vascular scanning as well as visual guidance of PICC and central line placements, dialysis access, thoracentesis and paracentesis.
Together with recently awarded grants for development of central catheter placement and thoracentesis simulations, this funding allows completion of a critical package for procedural training that all physicians and surgeons have to undergo.
Diagnostic thoracentesis yielded 45 ml of an exudative yellow fluid with a leukocyte count of 3,900/[mm.
This grant, phase II of Immersion Medical's ongoing relationship with the SBIR program, will be used to develop a training simulator for needle thoracentesis, a procedure where a physician inserts a needle and catheter through the chest wall and into the space around the heart and lungs.
Trapped lung should be considered as a cause of pleural effusion in patients with sarcoidosis in effusions unresponsive to thoracentesis and corticosteroids.
Thoracentesis yielded cloudy fluid containing 8,400 leukocytes/[mm.
Common causes include positive pressure mechanical ventilation, central venous catheter insertion (subclavian vein), thoracentesis, transthoracic needle aspiration, and transbronchial biopsy.
While some procedures such as vascular access or thoracentesis will be guided by other US users, in other instances, radiologists' use may increase.