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Thoracentesis: Quiz


Question 1: Chylothorax (fluid from lymph vessels leaking into the pleural cavity) may be identified by determining triglyceride and ________ levels, which are relatively high in lymph.
Low-density lipoproteinTrans fatCholesterolAtherosclerosis

Question 2: Some sources recommend the ________, in the ninth intercostal space.
EarDigestionAnatomical terms of locationAnatomy

Question 3: Major complications are ________ (3-30%), hemopneumothorax, hemorrhage, hypotension (low blood pressure due to a vasovagal response) and reexpansion pulmonary edema.
Pleural diseasePneumothoraxRespiratory diseasePneumomediastinum

Question 4: A cannula, or hollow needle, is carefully introduced into the thorax, generally after administration of ________.
EpiduralLocal anesthesiaCocaineLocal anesthetic

Question 5: In countries where ________ is common, this is also a common cause of pleural effusions.
LeprosyTuberculosisPathogenic bacteriaAnthrax

Question 6: A Ziehl-Neelsen stain may identify ________ or other mycobacterial diseases.
TuberculosisAnthraxLeprosyPathogenic bacteria

Question 7: An uncooperative patient or a ________ disorder that can not be corrected are absolute contraindications.
Tissue plasminogen activatorFibrinolysisPlateletCoagulation

Question 8: The amount of ________ are an obvious sign of bleeding.
Red blood cellPlateletHematologyBlood plasma

Question 9: The number of ________ can give an indication of infection.
Eosinophil granulocyteNeutrophil granulocyteWhite blood cellPhagocyte

Question 10: If the effusion is caused by ________, microbiological culture may yield the infectious organism responsible for the infection, sometimes before other cultures (e.g.


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