Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How is the Paracentesis procedure performed?

A. The procedure may be done in your doctors office. A large amount of fluid is going to be taken out during the procedure, you may lie on your back with you head raised. The site where your doctor will put the needle is cleaned with a special soap and draped with sterile towels. Generally, up to 4L of fluid is usually is taken out.

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Paracentesis involves needle drainage of fluid from the body, most commonly the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen.

You may require paracentesis for a number of reasons:

  • to relieve abdominal pressure from ascites
  • to diagnose spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and other infections (e.g., abdominal TB)
  • to diagnose metastatic cancer
  • to diagnose blood in peritoneal space in trauma
  • to puncture the tympanic membrane for diagnostic purposes, such as taking a bacterial swab from the middle ear
  • to reduce intra-ocular pressure in central retinal artery occlusion

No matter what the reason, American Access Care of Baltimore takes great lengths to prepare you for this procedure and make you comfortable during your stay.

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