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Also known as: abdominal drainage.
Certain medical conditions ranging from injury to infection can cause excess fluid to build up in the abdomen. Paracentesis is the procedure that medical professional turn to in order to remove this excess fluid.
A small needle is inserted into the abdomen, and then the fluid is drained from the abdomen using the needle. In some cases, multiple drainages will need to be performed. The fluid may be sent to a lab if testing is required on it.
No special preparation is needed for abdominal drainage.
Bleeding, infection, injury to surrounding tissues or perforation of the bowels are potential risks of abdominal drainage.
Reviewed by: Carrie Firestone Baum, MD
This page was last updated on: April 22, 2021 04:30 PM
The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is dedicated to the treatment of a wide variety of gastrointestinal problems in infants, children and adolescents with a multidisciplinary approach.
Hydrops fetalis is a severe, life-threatening problem in fetuses and/or newborns. It causes massive swelling due to an abnormal collection of fluid in at least two different organ spaces (like the skin, abdomen, around the heart and/or lungs).
Nephrotic syndrome is a group of symptoms caused by kidney damage which results in children generally between the ages of 2-6 years, leaking a protein normally found in blood, into the urine.
When the area of the body around the stomach is bloated or larger than it usually is, this is the sign of a swollen abdomen (or abdominal distenstion).