Reasons for Abdominal Paracentesis

When your doctor informs you that you need the Abdominal Paracentesis procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Abdominal Paracentesis is Performed


Alternate Names for Abdominal Paracentesis:
Abdominal tap
Ascites fluid tap

Reasons for Procedure

This is done to find out why there is fluid build-up in the abdomen. Causes may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • 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.




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Results
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