This leaflet provides information on the pleural aspiration procedure.

Pleural aspiration is a procedure to remove fluid from the chest. In some conditions, fluid can collect between the outside of the lung and the chest wall which may make it difficult to breathe. In this event a pleural aspiration can be performed to relieve breathlessness.

Pleural aspiration is also used to obtain samples of fluid, which can be tested to try and find out what has caused the problem.