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What should I expect after a thoracentesis?

After a thoracentesis -- a procedure in which fluid is taken from the chest cavity to relieve pressure on the diaphragm to help you breathe easier -- your blood pressure, pulse, and respirations will be taken. A dressing will be applied to the puncture area. You will be observed for a short period of time depending on your doctor's orders. You will be sent for a chest x-ray.

You may feel fatigued after the procedure, so rest at home. You may eat and drink as usual unless given other instructions. If you have questions or concerns, call your doctor or the clinic where the procedure was done.

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