There are two membranes that protect the lungs, known as the pleurae. One covers your lungs and the other lines the inside of your rib cage. When there’s an infection or fluid is accumulating in this area, it may require a pleural fluid sampling. This will help your doctor see what’s going on and what might be causing a buildup. Dr. Jeannot at Walton Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine in Loganville and Conyers, GA, can explain what a pleural fluid sampling is and how you may need to prepare for it.
What is Pleural Fluid Sampling?
During a pleural fluid sampling, your doctor in Loganville and Conyers, GA, will use an empty syringe to take a sample of the pleural fluid that is building up in your body so that it can be tested and examined. You’ll be numbed the entire time and the process usually takes around 15 minutes or slightly longer, depending on how much pleural fluid buildup you’re dealing with.
You should feel no discomfort or pain during the process and your doctor might hum during the process, making it feel like it’s going by even faster.
To prepare for a pleural fluid sampling, you’ll have to first sign a consent form to give your doctor permission for this test. Depending on what your medical condition is, your doctor will decide if the test should be done in the hospital or in-office. A chest x-ray or an ultrasound is performed before the procedure to get a full look at what may be going on.
You should be sure to disclose all medical information to your doctor, including what medications you take or if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to a numbing agent. Once this is all done and you’re ready to go, you’ll be in a hospital gown and you can lay down and relax until the sampling is done.
Contact Your Doctor Today
If your doctor has told you that they need to test your pleural fluid, it’s important to know what to expect. Contact Dr. Jeannot at Walton Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine in Loganville and Conyers, GA, to learn about pleural fluid sampling and how you can be prepared. Call for more information at (678) 928-9700 today.