Abdominal Paracentesis Complications

Learn how your age, health condition, pregnancy, medical history and more could impact potential Abdominal Paracentesis complications.

Abdominal Paracentesis Risk Factors


Alternate Names for Abdominal Paracentesis:
Abdominal tap
Ascites fluid tap

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an abdominal paracentesis, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Accidental piercing of structures in the abdomen

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Bleeding disorder
  • Poor nutrition
  • Pregnancy
  • Full bladder
  • Infection in the area where the paracentesis instrument will be inserted

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.


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Learn what Abdominal Paracentesis is
What Is
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Reasons For Abdominal Paracentesis
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Abdominal Paracentesis Complications
Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
Abdominal Paracentesis Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Abdominal Paracentesis Results
Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Abdominal Paracentesis
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

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