Schedule an initial consultation at one of these locations:

Utah Vascular Clinic


650 East 4500 South, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Ogden Regional Medical Center


5475 South 500 East
Washington Terrace, UT 84405


Interventional Procedures

Paracentesis and Thoracentesis

What is paracentesis and thoracentesis?

Thoracentesis is a procedure that removes fluid buildup around the lung, from a space called the pleural cavity. Paracentesis removes fluid buildup in the abdomen, from a space called the peritoneal cavity. In both procedures, ultrasound is used to guide a sterile needle into the space containing the fluid. The fluid is then drained through tubing into a syringe or vacuum bottle. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area prior to insertion of the needle. Sedation is rarely needed.

Most often thoracentesis and paracentesis are used to relieve symptoms caused by the fluid, such as pain, shortness of breath or distension. Sometimes the purpose of the procedure is to diagnose the cause of the fluid. Fluid buildup can be caused by heart failure, cancer, malnutrition, kidney disease, cirrhosis of the liver, and other diseases.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of your body, usually in your legs, but sometimes in your arm.

  • Swelling, usually in one leg
    (or arm)
  • Leg pain or tenderness often described as a cramp or
    Charley horse
  • Reddish or bluish skin discoloration
  • Leg (or arm) warm to touch

Pulmonary Embolism

Clots can break off from a DVT and travel to the lung, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal.

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Chest pain-sharp, stabbing; may get worse with deep breath
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus