Who remembers when you used to do a thoracentesis at the bedside? Nobody used ultrasound guidance! We did physical exam in those days and then we checked a chest xray afterwards to make sure we hadn’t caused a pneumothorax.

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Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems. 

  2 comments for “Thoracentesis

  1. Mamadoc
    May 22, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I did these at the bedside as a medical student and a resident. They long ago became interventional radiology procedures. My dad has had 3 as an outpatient, each time it burns most of a day and keeps him in same day 2 hours (minimum) before it even gets done….not so sure it’s better

  2. Dr. Bonz
    May 21, 2019 at 7:24 am

    My Dad was an old school Internist. He “subspecialized” in all medicine. Not only did he used to do thoracentisis at the bedside, he also put in pacemakers at the bedside. I helped him as a med student and intern. He would drain ascites at the bedside and also did bronchoscopies, upper endoscopies, and some colonoscopies. He put in central lines and art lines too. Hell, you’d need about as dozen consults today to get done what he used to do. He practiced 45 years until he was about 74.

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