Articles tagged "re-expansion pulmonary edema"

Safety of Draining Patients Dry During Large Volume Thoracentesis

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

A historical myth in procedural medicine is the operator should limit removal of pleural fluid to 1.5 L during thoracentesis because of the risk of re-expansion pulmonary edema or pneumothorax. New evidence supports safety of large volume thoracentesis until no fluid remains.