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what is the purpose of a paracentesis?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
17 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 contents & upward pressure on the lungs/diaphragm as well as correct internal fluid balance. Ascites can be caused by many things but the most common is liver disease. Samples of the fluid is sent to the lab for analysis and to rule out infection.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Allen Kamrava
15 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Fluid: Test and/or remove fluid in the abdomen.
Answered on Mar 29, 2013

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