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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How much time does the bloating last even after getting a paracentesis?

How much time does the bloating last even after getting a paracentesis?

Why???: Did you get a parcentesis and what for. One needs to answer that question before one can answer yours

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Took statin drugs 9 years side effects made me stop the drug will the 9 years I was on statins be a credit when I get into my 70s and 80's?

Took statin drugs 9 years side effects made me stop the drug will the 9 years I was on statins be a credit when I get into my 70s and 80's?

Cholesterol karma: Lets start by saying statins simply control a risk factor (hypercholesterolemia). There is no evidence that they extend your life. The more important question would be, what are your current risk factors? Are you eating right? Exercising? What's your bmi. What's your blood pressure? What's your cholesterol now? Talk to your doc. They can assess your risks and set you on the right course if action.

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Side effects of tamiflu (oseltamivir) in children in the u.S.?

Side effects of tamiflu (oseltamivir) in children in the u.S.?

Indian study: A indian study of 191 children (median age, 3 years), 69 (36.1%) developed adverse drug reactions. Most common symptoms were vomiting (16.2%) followed by neuropsychiatric symptoms (12.6%), diarrhea (12.0%), ear disorders (8.9%), and insomnia (6.8%). Full text available here: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3127335/? Tool=pubmed.

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Is prevagen improves memory is that a good for memory and to focus for a 24 yr old person u s their any side effects?

Is prevagen improves memory is that a good for memory and to focus for a 24 yr old person u s their any side effects?

No. Unapproved drug.: The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) sent a warning letter to the manufacturer, saying "Prevagen, Prevagen Extra Strength, and Prevagen Professional products are not generally recognized as safe and effective..." The FDA's warning letter also said Prevagen is not a dietary supplement. Side effects are likely unknown, until adequate research is done.

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Many people think they can feel their hypertension. Maybe it is the inevitable side effects of their medication (s) they are experiencing?

Many people think they can feel their hypertension. Maybe it is the inevitable side effects of their medication (s) they are experiencing?

Hypertension: Hypertension is not something you can dependably feel. Much of the time it may be completely asymptomatic. If someone believes he has symptoms when his blood pressure is up, he should also check the blood pressure when not symptomatic; it may be elevated then too.