Hypoxemia following thoracentesis

R. D. Brandstetter, M. R. Gyetko, J. D. Thomas, C. L. Fellows

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Hypoxemia following thoracentesis is a predictable condition treated by administering supplemental oxygen during the procedure. The case of a patient receiving continuous oxygen therapy prior to thoracentesis is reported, who had a significant fall in arterial Po2 after thoracentesis. It appears that patients who are receiving continuous oxygen therapy should undergo Pa(o)2 measurement prior to thoracentesis. Adjustment of the initial inspired oxygen concentration should be made to prevent the hypoxemia that would otherwise occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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