Which invasive diagnostic procedures are performed in the workup of bacterial sepsis?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Answer

Invasive diagnostic procedures that may be considered include the following:

  • Thoracentesis (in patients with pleural effusion)
  • Paracentesis (in patients with ascites)
  • Drainage of fluid collections/abscesses
  • Bronchoscopy with washing, lavage, or other invasive sampling (in patients with suspected pneumonia)

See Workup for more detail.


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