What is Paracentesis?

Paracentesis is a minimally invasive, image-guided procedure in which fluid from the abdomen is removed through a long thin needle. The fluid is removed from the abdominal cavity to relieve pressure and/or be analyzed.

Why would you need a paracentesis?

Paracentesis may be done to:

  • Diagnose an infection in the peritoneal fluid
  • Determine the cause of fluid buildup (ascites) in the abdomen
  • Check for certain types of cancer (e.g. liver cancer)
  • Check for damage after an injury to the abdomen

This procedure is also performed in order to drain significant fluid that is:

  • Causing pain
  • Causing difficulty breathing
  • Affecting how organs, such as the kidneys or bowel, are functioning

Risks Involved

Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk. Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.

Conditions to let us know about

Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breast feeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.

Preparing for your procedure

If you are on blood thinners your doctor will instruct you if you need to stop these medications prior to the procedure. If your procedure requires sedation, then you will need a responsible adult to give you a ride home.

Recovering from your procedure

You may possibly receive mild to moderate sedation during your procedure. You will stay in the recovery area until you are ready for discharge. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406.

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