Reasons for Abdominal Paracentesis
Why Abdominal Paracentesis is Performed
Alternate Names for Abdominal Paracentesis:
Ascites fluid tap
This is done to find out why there is fluid build-up in the abdomen. Causes may include:
- Diseases of organs, such as the liver
This procedure may also be done when fluid in the abdomen:
- Makes breathing difficult
- Causes pain
Abdominal fluid can recur until the condition causing it has been treated. You may need to have the procedure again.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.