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Dr. Sophie Bakri
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Paracentesis (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Sophie Bakri
129 doctors shared insights

Paracentesis (Overview)

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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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