Should supplemental oxygen be administered during diagnostic thoracentesis in the workup for pleural effusion (fluid on the lungs)?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Kamran Boka, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
  • Print

Supplemental oxygen is often administered during thoracentesis to offset hypoxemia produced by changes in ventilation-perfusion relationships as fluid is removed and to facilitate reabsorption of pleural air if pneumothorax complicates the procedure.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!