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Why do I have swelling after abdominal paracentesis?

Why do I have swelling after abdominal paracentesis?

Probably: re-accumulation of ascites fluid. This is a serious condition, so you should be under the care of a physician. ...Read more

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Paracentesis (Definition)

Paracentesis is a procedure where accumulated fluid in the abdominal cavity is removed. Most often the fluid is an abnormal build-up of ascites, which can occur in liver, heart and occasionally kidney failure, may be present as part of malignancy or other rarer conditions. It entails identifying a pocket of fluid, sometimes under x-ray guidance, and then having a ...Read more


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What risks and complications are associated with a paracentesis?

What risks and complications are associated with a paracentesis?

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 the fluid reaccumulating and requiring additional treatments. ...Read more

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Will a paracentesis hurt?

Will a paracentesis hurt?

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 depends on whose doing it and your state of mind anticipating it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: paracentesis?

What is the definition or description of: paracentesis?

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, which can occur in liver, heart and occasionally kidney failure, may be present as part of malignancy or other rarer conditions. It entails identifying a pocket of fluid, sometimes under x-ray guidance, and then having a needle or catheter inserted. ...Read more

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What position should a patient be in for a paracentesis prcoedure?

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. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of a paracentesis?

What is the purpose of a paracentesis?

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. ...Read more

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Which nursing interventions are most appropriate for the patient diagnosed with fluid volume deficit after paracentesis..?

Which nursing interventions are most appropriate for the patient diagnosed with fluid volume deficit after paracentesis..?

Multiple things: Paracentesis is done to remove fluid from the abdomen for a number of reasons, diagnostically or therapeutically. Diagnostic paracentesis usually removes only a small amount of fluid and is generally not associated with fluid deficit. Large volume paracentesis can be associated with hypotension (particularly orthostatic), tachycardia, diminished urine output. Keep IV patent, give Albumin as rx. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ultrasound-guided paracentesis?

What is the definition or description of: ultrasound-guided paracentesis?

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 to remove the fluid. ...Read more

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Please explain how long does a paracentesis procedure last?

Depends: It depends on how much fluid needs to be drained. Usually between 15 and 30 minutes. Good luck. ...Read more

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How about ascites in unborn child? Can the doctor do a paracentesis?Or should the baby be delivered first ?

How about ascites in unborn child? Can the doctor do a paracentesis?Or should the baby be delivered first ?

Depends.: If isolated (i.e. Not hydrops) fetal ascites may still be a harbinger of life-threatening fetal hydrops (immune or not), associated with urinary tract anomalies, fetal infections, lymphatic malformations, cardiac defects or chromosomal aneuploidies. Treatment depends on the diagnosis, which may be elusive prenatally. In general, isolated fetal hydrops is monitored and delivered at term. Mfm care! ...Read more

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After donating left kidney my daughter has had two paracentesis for chylous ascites. It is extremely rare. Is there anyone who has answers?

Yes: Chyle is the lymph and fatty liquid from lymph channels and glands . Removal of a kidney may disrupt some of these channels. Most heal or are ligated at surgery. If one or more continue to leak the fluid into the peritoneal cavity of the abdomen- that is chylous ascites. In the chest it is chylothorax. ...Read more

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Jabbed lower right abdomen on door knob hard cuz there was something behind door. Felt like something moved inside. Possible complications?

Jabbed lower right abdomen on door knob hard cuz there was something behind door. Felt like something moved inside. Possible complications?

Jab to abdomen: Not likely to have caused internal damage. I am guessing from your age you are not on blood thinners, so the risk of internal bleeding small. Your spleen is on the other side, so that is not at risk of rupture and large bleeding internally. If you have abdominal pain without moving, blood in urine or stool, go to ER, but otherwise you are probably ok! ...Read more

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Usual complications that occur from having a abdominal mass?

Usual complications that occur from having a abdominal mass?

Need More Info: An abdominal mass can be due to many different diseases, some trivial, others life threatening (hernia, cancer, benign tumor, aneurysm, infection, etc.). Without knowing the specific diagnosis, it's impossible to describe complications. ...Read more

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What are the complications if I sleep on my abdomen where my breasts are pressed?

What are the complications if I sleep on my abdomen where my breasts are pressed?

Nothing physical: Nothing bad will happen to your body. It is just a matter of you being comfortable. If you are, sleep soundly with no worries! ...Read more

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I've had a CT and us of the abdomen and it was ok and i had a hida scan show gallbladder at 9%. No stones. What eventually happens? Complications?

I've had a CT and us of the abdomen and it was ok and i had a hida scan  show gallbladder at 9%. No stones. What eventually happens? Complications?

Your choice...: Your cck-hida indicates gallbladder dysfunction, which often translates to mean a symptomatic one that warrants surgical removal. There are lots of reasons however for biliary-type dyspepsia, and you may want to investigate these before considering surgery. Indeed, your symptoms may persist even if the gallbladder is removed, since it may turn out it wasn't the sole reason for your distress. ...Read more

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Should i be worried?! I have had this for a few years now. When i relax my stomach, i look pregnant even tho I am not! my lower abdominal area pooches out and it looks like i'm 17 weeks along. It doesn't hurt or give me any complications. I can suck it in

Should i be worried?! I have had this for a few years now. When i relax my stomach, i look pregnant even tho I am not! my lower abdominal area pooches out and it looks like i'm 17 weeks along. It doesn't hurt or give me any complications. I can suck it in

You : You may be dealing with a hernia or a defect in your chest or abdominal wall, causing you to look this way. If you had cancer you would likely feel a tumor, however cancer is still a possibility, but not likely. You definitely need to see a doctor for a complete evaluation/work up. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is gastrointestinal fistula a complication of abdominal surgery?

Is gastrointestinal fistula a complication of abdominal surgery?

Can be: Gastrointestinal fistulas can be a complication of intrabdominal surgery. They can also be due to other causes such as inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, radiation, etc. ...Read more

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I've been having complications with releasing stool on a daily basis , some abdominal pain , diarrhea for weeks . What could this be?

I've been having complications with releasing stool on a daily basis , some abdominal pain , diarrhea for weeks . What could this be?

Some thoughts...: Sometimes with constipation, you can get something called "fecal impaction" where loose stool (diarrhea) goes around the impaction , but it's only because there's something blocking the passageway. This can give you some abdominal pain. But what you're describing can also be caused by infectious and inflammatory conditions, so make sure you get checked out, especially if going on for weeks! ...Read more