How the test is performed
How to prepare for the test
Do not cough, breathe deeply, or move during the test to avoid injury to the lung.
How the test will feel
There will be a stinging sensation when the local anesthetic is injected, and you may feel a sensation of pressure when the needle is inserted into the pleural space.
Inform your health care provider if you develop shortness of breath or chest pain.
Why the test is performed
What abnormal results mean
Additional conditions under which the test may be performed include the following:
- Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease
- Pulmonary embolism
- Thyroid disease
- Collagen vascular disease
- Asbestos-related pleural effusion
- Drug reactions
What the risks are
Pneumothorax (collapse of the lung)
- Fluid re-accumulation
- Pulmonary edema
- Respiratory distress