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Abdominal paracentesis

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Tests, procedures and surgery

(Ascites Fluid Tap; Abdominal Tap)

Abdominal paracentesis – Definition

Usually, there is very little fluid in the abdominal cavity. However, there are a number of conditions that can cause fluid to accumulate in the abdomen. This is called ascites. When fluid accumulates, an abdominal paracentesis may be done. With this procedure, a needle is used to remove a sample of fluid or to drain fluid that has accumulated.