Semin intervent Radiol 2015; 32(02): 174-181
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1549843
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Common Complications of Nonvascular Percutaneous Thoracic Interventions: Diagnosis and Management

Azzam Khankan
1  Department of Medical Imaging, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Shireen Sirhan
2  Department of Internal Medicine, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Fadi Aris
3  Department of Diagnostic Radiology, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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28 May 2015 (online)


Percutaneous thoracic interventions are among the most common procedures in today's medical practice. From the simple placement of a pleural drain to the ablation of lung tumors, the advent of image guidance has revolutionized minimally invasive procedures and has allowed for the introduction of new techniques and widened the range of indications. It is therefore imperative to understand the complications associated with these interventions and their management. This article illustrates the common complications associated with these interventions and highlights the relative safety of these interventions.