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Rebuttal From Drs Maldonado and MullonRebuttal From Drs Maldonado and Mullon

Fabien Maldonado, MD; John J. Mullon, MD
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From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Correspondence to: Fabien Maldonado, MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 200 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55905; e-mail: maldonado.fabien@mayo.com


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (http://www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2012 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2012;141(4):849-850. doi:10.1378/chest.11-3234
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After careful review of Dr Feller-Kopman’s1 point editorial in favor of routine manometry during thoracentesis, it is evident that we agree on a number of points. In fact, his position is supported by several excellent studies2,3 he himself authored that we quote in our own counterpoint editorial.4 There is no arguing that manometry can be a helpful adjunct to standard thoracentesis procedures and can provide substantial insight into the pathophysiologic aspects of pleural effusions. However, the issue is whether it should be performed with every thoracentesis, to which we would like to object for the following reasons.

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