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Pediatric Thoracentesis and Chest Tube Placement

A thoracentesis is a procedure to drain fluid from the pleural space, between the lung and chest wall. Inflammation, infection and traumatic injury can cause fluid or air to build up in the cavity. If there is concern this fluid or air will reaccumulate or take several days to resolve, a chest tube can be placed through the puncture site and it can remain in place. 



Interventional Radiology

Children’s National interventional radiologists perform a full range of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to both diagnose and treat disease in infants, children, and adolescents.