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Thoracentesis may be uncomfortable for a few hours after the procedure.

Contact your physician at 512-459-8753 if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up bloody phlegm
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Leaking or redness at the puncture site

  • It is normal to feel tired the remainder of the day
  • You may return to normal activity the day after the procedure


You may return to your normal diet