Pleural Tapping

Pleural tapping is a treatment procedure that involves draining the pleural fluid. Pleura is a layer that protects the lungs and separates them from the chest wall. With inflammation, the space within the pleura may fill up with fluid. Doctors drain this fluid by inserting a drain tube at the back above the rib. One may also look at the x-ray to help with the procedure.

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What does my father's cytology report indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, My father aged around 59 years had undergone pleural tapping with pleural effusion around 50 U/L. Please find the cytology reports. What does it signify? Kindly explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Sunil Kumar Nookala

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As your father had effusion, he was pleural tapped and his ADA level (adenosine deaminase) was non-confirmative of tuberculosis as it is less. I would like to know the malignant cytology report, cellularity and whether the fluid was exudate or transudate to give further o...  Read Full »

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