(Ascites Fluid Tap; Abdominal Tap)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Diseases of organs, such as the liver
- Makes breathing difficult
- Causes pain
- Accidental piercing of structures in the abdomen
- Bleeding disorder
- Poor nutrition
- Full bladder
- Infection in the area where the paracentesis instrument will be inserted
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do not eat or drink for 12 hours before the procedure.
- Empty your bladder just before the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Rest the day after your procedure.
- Follow your doctor's instructions .
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or fluid from the paracentesis site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, feeling faint, or chest pain
- Swelling of the abdomen
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/26/2012 -