Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Fluid building up again
  • Collapsed lung
  • Damage to the lung, liver, or spleen

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Chronic lung problems, such as emphysema or asthma



This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.