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what is the purpose of paracentesis

A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Remove excess fluid: It is a bedside procedure in which excess fluid is removed from the abdominal cavity (ascites). The purpose is to relieve pressure on the abdominal co ... Read More

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denny Rodenberg
30 years experience General Surgery
Depends on who: Is performing it. I've a patient who has a favorite radiologist perform his, because "he's always painless." it should not hurt much, but the degree ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
Definition provided: Paracentesis is a procedure where accumulated fluid in the abdominal cavity is removed. Most often the fluid is an abnormal build-up of ascites, whic ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Lister
27 years experience General Surgery
Depends: It depends on how much fluid needs to be drained. Usually between 15 and 30 minutes. Good luck.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Paracentesis Risks: In experienced hands paracentesis is a safe procedure. The most common risks are infection and excessive bleeding. There is also the possibility of th ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Paracentesis: On the back, slightly on the side of the paracentesis or halfway towards that side to allow for accumulation of ascites fluid to that side.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience Trauma Surgery
Why ???: Did you get a parcentesis and what for. One needs to answer that question before one can answer yours
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
Multiple things: Paracentesis is done to remove fluid from the abdomen for a number of reasons, diagnostically or therapeutically. Diagnostic paracentesis usually rem ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Probably: re-accumulation of ascites fluid. This is a serious condition, so you should be under the care of a physician.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vadim Sherman
20 years experience General Surgery
Drainage of fluid: An ultrasound is used to locate the fluid within the abdomen. Then, under guidance from the ultrasound, a needle is placed into the abdomen in order ... Read More
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