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A 39-year-old female asked:

can my regular ob-gyn test my ascites for cancer cells in the office, or does it have to be done in a surgical type environment? it's a new symptom.

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes,need cytology : Yes , can collect fluid in preservative , and send to cytology lab, some office will such labs in the same facility . Speak to your doctor, .
Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
I agree with the above. If you have ascites you may be better off getting this evaluated through your internist and referred unless your OB/GYN is a GYN oncologist. Ascites, feared to be malignant, is aa medical problem generally out of scope of a primary ob/gyn. good luck.
Sep 19, 2013
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Provided original answer
Yes Than you DR Newman , probably a nightmare to our OB colleague .
Sep 19, 2013
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
No.: Typically, ascites can be checked by inserting a needle through the abdominal wall under ultrasound guidance. This is usually done in the radiology department rather than in the ob-gyn office.

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