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Procedures: Interventional Pulmonary Procedural Safety and Outcomes |

Thoracentesis in Cirrhotics (TiC Study): Incidence of Hemorrhagic Complications of Thoracentesis in Cirrhotic Patients

Rahim Wooley, MD; Steven Kim, MD; Keith Guevarra
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Rutgers-NJMS, Montclair, NJ


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):1000A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.1106
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SESSION TITLE: Interventional Pulmonary Procedural Safety and Outcomes

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Slide

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 02:45 PM - 04:15 PM

PURPOSE: Thoracentesis is a procedure commonly performed to diagnose the etiology of and alleviate symptoms of pleural effusions. Studies have shown the safety of thoracentesis in patients with coagulopathies, but none have specifically addressed the risk of hemorrhagic complications in the cirrhotic population. Additionally, blood product transfusion has been associated with its own complications and health care cost. This study retrospectively evaluates the incidence of hemorrhagic complications of thoracentesis in cirrhotic patients over a 12-month period.

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